Sabah government must take immediate steps to rectify the abnormalities that had taken place in the state in regards to the illegal immigrants.
TAWAU: Sabah PKR election director Kong Hong Ming has criticised the Sabah Barisan Nasional government for placing its political interests ahead of the people and the well-being of the state.
He said the Umno-led coalition government headed by Chief Minister Musa Aman had refused to explain the lack of action for the repeated incidences of illegal immigrants having gained citizenship documents under BN’s watch.
Kong said that it had been shown time and again that the manipulation of illegal immigrants was a fail-safe method to build a vote bank to their advantage during any election so much so that the state had been proclaimed the BN’s fixed-deposit.
“The lack of a decision on an RCI (Royal Commission of Inquiry) reflects the weakness and inability of BN component parties to initiate any changes which is obviously good for Sabah,” he said.
He was referring to the dithering by the government over calls to investigate allegations that illegal immigrants in Sabah had been given citizenship in exchange for political support.
Kong said this when launching the ‘Buku Jingga’ to inform the public of the party’s manifesto for Sabah.
He said PKR strongly feels Sabah had been neglected by BN for 48 years and adjustments had to made immediately “to rectify the abnormalities that had taken place” in the state.
The activist lawyer said the coming election would be a turning point for the people of Sabah.
“Sabah is disappointed with the inconsistent stance of the BN component parties especially on the RCI and the lack of sincerity and commitment to resolve issues of PTI’s (illegal immigrants) in the state for good,” he said.
Sabah PKR, he said, unlike the BN has pledged to set up a RCI to resolve the illegal immigrant problem in the state.