to police : Intensify efforts and ignore political
Tuesday, 5 March 2002
MARUDU : Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) today urged
security authorities involved in the present crackdown
on illegal immigrants to intensify their efforts and
not allow political interference to hinder execution
of their duties.
deputy president, Dr Maximus Ongkili, said the police
and other security personnel involved in the present
exercise were doing a highly commendable job but there
was real need for sustained efforts and wider coverage
a press release issued here, Ongkili said the police
should not allow political interference to hinder
their task and instead take stern action against those
who might attempt to interfere.
is a rare opportunity for all the people of Sabah
to join hands and cooperate to ensure that the present
security operation was truly successful.
who loves this state and the nation would surely want
to support and assist the efforts taken by the government
to rid Sabah of illegal immigrants.
is unthinkable that there should be local people or
groups who would want to hinder the present security
action," he stressed.
who is also Bandau member of parliament disclosed
that there were reports that police attempts to demolish
some illegal squatter structures in several villages
of Kota Marudu several days ago were hampered by some
village heads and local politicians who insisted that
the illegal owners were locals when in fact they were
police could only demolish a limited number of squatter
houses initially as a result of the alleged interference.
call on the police to take stern action against such
irresponsible people. Village heads that shelter illegal
immigrants should be sacked immediately," he
called on the police to intensify efforts in flushing
out illegals in the northern districts especially
Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas where thousands were
known to exist.
police and other security personnel should undertake
a major and thorough screening of the squatter colonies
at Kg. Rosob of Pitas because the area is known to
be populated by thousands of illegal foreigners previously
employed by several timber companies nearby,"
claimed that many of the illegals from the Rosob area
were found daily in Kota Marudu town selling foreign
cigarettes and other items but no action had been
taken on them so far.
to latest figures released by the police, some 1,951
illegal immigrants had so far been arrested through
the present crackdown, of which 27 were from Kudat.
described the figure for Kudat as "rather meager"
and questioned why no figures were released for Kota
Marudu and Pitas adding, "I hope it is not a
sign that the crackdown in these places has not been