Sabah Resident Pass issue: Shafie dares Pairin to sue
Published on: Friday, January 17, 2020
By: Ahmad Apong
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BONGAWAN: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has challenged former Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan to sue him if he (Shafie) really lied when saying Pairin chaired the meeting which proposed the Pas Residen Sabah (Sabah Resident Pass). 

He maintained that what he had said was based on facts and was in the minutes of the Technical Management Committee on Foreigners in Sabah meeting held at the Chief Minister’s Department Office in Wisma Innoprise, Kota Kinabalu, on March 14, 2016. 

“What had been said by them are untrue, I picked up the contents in the meeting minutes which stated it was chaired by him (Pairin) in 2016 and which he said last night I lied about it,” he told a press conference after officiating the TM Unifi launch at Bongawan Plaza, Thursday. 

Denying he made it up, Mohd Shafie said the content of the meeting’s minutes is very clear, it is not fabricated. 

He also showed to the media the meeting’s minutes concerned to prove his claim. 

He hoped Pairin would not use the social media to campaign on fake things as these would seem like the things coming from them are true. 

“Last night, Pairin gave a speech on behalf of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in a Kimanis parliamentary by-election campaign round accusing me of having lied about the existence of the said meeting minutes.

“The minutes concerned also showed the names of others who were present in the meeting, including former State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman and ex-Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Rashid Harun,” said Mohd Shafie, who is also Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) President. 

He said what (Sabah Temporary Pass or PSS) to be implemented actually is a proposal made previously, only that it is being improved and so will be more effective. 

“This (PSS) was the proposal of the previous government, which had suggested the use of the word ‘resident’. But we said don’t use the word ‘resident pass’ because it sounds to the people in this country like ‘permanent resident’ so we said it is a temporary form. So it is a temporary pass,” said Shafie. 

He stressed that the present government did not reject all the proposals made by the previous government as “some which are good we will take and improve them.” 


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