Flushing out of illegals must continue
Tuesday, 8 February 2005
(Source: Daily Express)
KOTA KINABALU:: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS)
President Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan assured that the
party will assist the Government in whatever capacity to
flush out the illegal immigrants.
strong advocate on the issue, he said it is the party's
hope that the illegal immigrants leave the State and country
who is also Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Rural Development
Minister, was commenting on the Federal Government's "softer
approach" to persuade illegal immigrants still in the
country to leave on their own.
illegals have to respondÉit is for their own good
and also in compliance with the Government directive,"
he said when met at Gaya Street Sunday fair, here, Sunday.
the Government is serious in tackling the perennial issue
that they already have taken measures to resolve them.
last week, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
said the Jan. 31 amnesty deadline for illegal immigrants
to leave the country had not been extended.
he said the Government will adopt a "soft" approach
in the short term to persuade them to leave on their own.
said the decision was made considering that most of the
illegal immigrants were Indonesians and Malaysia sympathised
with their country which faced internal pressure in facing
the aftermath of the devastating tsunami on Dec. 26.
amnesty was introduced on Oct. 29 for 17 days prior to Aidilfitri
but following an appeal from Indonesia, it was extended
to Dec. 31 and again to Jan. 31 after the earthquake and
meanwhile, said it is important for the Government to continue
with the flushing out of illegal immigrants' programme.
people are suffering and they (Malaysian Government) have
to take these into account.
the way I see it, they will go ahead with the programme
and I think this is very important," he said.
said the Government would not stop taking necessary action
to send back the illegal immigrants to their country of
origin as well as taking legal action against them.
for this reason, he believed that the illegals know the
situation and that they will respond to the call accordingly.
of them may take time because they panicked and went into
hiding. But they have to respondÉit is for their
own good," he stressed.
Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had already pledged that the
crackdown would continue, as did Sarawak.
Sarawak Government, it was reported, went ahead in rounding
up illegal immigrants despite the Federal Government "softer"
stand on the issue.