Get priorities  right, say PCS
Published on: Sunday, February 10, 2019


 Both the state and federal governments have been told to get their priorities right by acting on the report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah, instead of proposing to review the law on whether the Bugis and Jawa communities should be classified as natives of the state.

Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) deputy president Amru Kadir said in a statement that both governments must scrutinise and examine the status of the illegals and send them back.

“Illegals suspected to have obtained identity cards through illegal ways must ascertain the authenticity of their documents by undergoing a rigorous and verification process in the Native Courts. 

“The proposed plan introduced by the Home Ministry to regularise them will not justify and resolve the issue of citizenship given to illegal immigrants. It will make the people become more angry at the government. This is to prevent illegals from claiming the same statues and rights as natives,” he said.

He was commenting on State Minister of Law and Native Affairs Datuk Aidi Moktar who recently said the government would review the law on whether the Bugis and Jawa communities can be considered as natives.

“His statement seems to suggest that the Sabah Government has already discussed and planned to recognise Bugis and Java as natives,” claimed Amru.

He pointed out no action nor resolution have been made so far on the RCI report on the illegal immigrant issue in the state.

He noted that based on the census of the Department of Statistics, there has been an increase of 300 per cent of the population since 1970 which clearly shows an increase in number of residents categorised as "Malay" and "new Bumiputera". 

According to him, these "new residents" are mainly Filipinos and Indonesians, Pakistanis and Indians.

He said PCS also suggests the state government holds a round table discussion with all ethnic associations in Sabah to discuss the matter to avoid any tension with illegal immigrants.


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