Kinabalu, 17 July 2001
: Yong’s formula an ‘after thought’
Kinabalu, Mon – Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) today described
BN candidate Datuk Yong Teck Lee’s three-point pledge to deal
with the issue of phantom voters as an "after thought"
and one that "is nothing more than a typical election
deputy president Dr Maximus Ongkili said such so-called three-pronged
formula was almost a decade overdue and should have been implemented
immediately when the Barisan Nasional overthrew the then PBS
government in 1994 if it was sincere in solving the problem
of phantom voters.
about phantom voters and illegal immigrants were expressed
by PBS when Datuk Yong Teck Lee and others now in the Barisan
National were still in the party and many of them even made
public statements to the effect.
joining the Barisan Nasional these leaders became silent on
the issue with many even denying that there was such a thing
as ‘phantom voters’.
is therefore a welcome change that BN leaders like Datuk Yong
Teck Lee now concur with PBS that there are indeed phantom
voters especially in the Likas roll to the extent that an
all-party committee is required," he stressed.
who is also Bandau MP and Tandek Assemblyman said if the Barisan
Nasional was sincere in solving the problem, the action proposed
by Yong should have been taken years ago, adding "clearly
this is just another election-time political gimmick by the
Yong’s proposal for an all-party committee in the State Assembly
to address the problem of phantom voters, Ongkili described
it as redundant and unnecessary.
All-Party Ad hoc Committee on Illegal Immigration formed by
the State Assembly recently has taken up PBS’ proposal made
in tabling the motion that it should include in the terms
of reference the subject of phantom voters and electoral roll
cleansing. There is therefore no need for another committee
to be formed," he explained.
added that Yong was supposed to be a member of the Committee
but because of the High Court judgement he had ceased to be