: KDs vice activities should not be overblown
Monday, 25 February
MARUDU: Bandau MP Dr Maximus Ongkili has cautioned
against over blowing the problem of young Sabahans’
involvement in vice activities in Peninsular Malaysia,
while acknowledging that the problem definitely existed.
to PBS Tandek Divisional leaders here last Saturday,
Ongkili said there were indeed reported cases of Sabahan
rural youths including Kadazandusuns involved in vices
such as prostitution and other crimes but it would
be wrong to allege that those involved were mainly
portray that such crimes and unhealthy activities
are dominated by youths from the Kadazandusun community
is inaccurate and unkind especially when no one really
has accurate data on the problem.
all know that the problem exists and efforts towards
resolving it are being taken. But to misrepresent
that prostitution and other unhealthy activities in
the Peninsula were committed mainly by Kadazandusuns
was tantamount to painting a very bad picture of the
community," he claimed.
who is also PBS deputy president explained that there
was no denial that some of the rural youths from Sabah
had been influenced and tricked into such activities
by irresponsible syndicates and fake employment agencies.
for one personally rescued a couple of Kota Marudu
girls in Johore early last year by picking them from
a relative’s home and put them on the next flight
to KK from Senai. Some agents from Singapore who paid
the girls’ trip in the pretext of offering work in
a coffee shop were searching for them to bring them
across the Causeway to Singapore to work as call girls.
don’t shout about these things because we know that
resolution of the problem requires the cooperation
of all parties.
parents must be advised of the risks involved in releasing
their sons and daughters to take up employment in
the Peninsula and to let them go only through registered
employment agencies so that their places of work could
be monitored," he said.
regretted that many rural youths still fell prey to
unscrupulous agents even against the advice of parents
because of influence by other friends.
a lot of efforts are being done to reduce the problem.
For example, many churches are involved in reaching
out to these problematic youths. The Sidang Injil
Borneo (SIB) for one has set up 17 branches in various
cities and towns in the Peninsula to reach out to
the some 30,000 working youths from Sabah.
addition the Klang Valley KDCA which has been very
active for years has set up a special committee to
look into the adjustment problems faced by rural Kadazandusun
youths migrating for work in various towns on the
mainland," he explained.
to Ongkili, PBS Assemblymen and MPs had proposed in
the past various measures to tackle the problems faced
by Sabah youths migrating for work to the Peninsula.
have called for the registration of all Sabahan workers
in Semenanjung, revamping the Sabah Liaison Office
in Kuala Lumpur to handle specific problems faced
by the youths, taking stern action on errant employment
agencies, and information dissemination to Sabah parents
on the pitfalls and perils of working life, including
the threats posed crime and vices syndicates,"
stressed that there was plenty to be done to really
solve the problem, adding "we need to put our
heads and act together but simply casting a particular
community in bad light won’t help to solve the problem."