Up Enforcement Raids On Illegal Immigrants In Sabah
KOTA KINABALU, May 25 (Bernama) -- Deputy Chief Minister
Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan Sunday asked the police
and immigration to step up enforcement raids on illegal
immigrants in Sabah to guarantee locals' safety.
He said since the setting up of a royal commission of
inquiry or a select committee to deal with the perennial
problem in Sabah would take time, the police and immigration
were vested with adequate powers to arrest the illegals.
"Regardless of whether a royal commission of inquiry
or a select committee is established to deal with the problem,
police and immigration operations to nab the illegals should
continue and in fact, be intensified," he told reporters
after attending a culinary contest to mark Kaamatan festival
end of this month.
in Sabah are anxious to see a royal commission of inquiry
set up to address the illegal immigrants'
issue in the state. In fact, the request was made long
ago. The proposal to establish a parliamentary select committee
also has its advantages.
"But what is my fervent hope how is for the security
forces, which have the powers to tackle the problem, to
step up enforcement and act immediately," said Pairin
who is also Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president.
Kimanis member of parliament Datuk Anifah Aman proposed
in the Dewan Rakyat on Friday that a parliamentary select
committee on illegal immigrants be set up to resolve the
long-standing problem in Sabah.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) felt that establishing
a royal commission of Inquiry to deal with the problem
would be a better option.
To this, Pairin said: “To me, whether a select committee
or a commission is formed is not a problem. We already
have laws in place on illegal immigrants.
is that we must be really serious in protecting our citizens
and sovereignty of our country," he
He also suggested the manpower strength and allocations
for enforcement agencies be increased for the country to
have a bigger capacity in law enforcement.