PBS Will Not Act On DAP's Behalf Over Native Status
KOTA KINABALU, Jan 4 (Bernama) -- DAP
should initiate legal action or bring up the matter to the
relevant department if indeed one of its leaders feels aggrieved
by the controversy over his native status, says Parti Bersatu
Sabah (PBS) secretary-general Datuk Henrynus Amin.
He said PBS was amused by DAP's desperate plea for its
assistance to get the revocation of Sri Tanjung assemblyman
Jimmy Wong's native status withdrawn in the Kota Kinabalu
He said the request was totally absurd as it was a matter
for the court to decide without political interference.
"If indeed the DAP leader is not capable of acting
for himself, and no one in his party can help him, then
PBS is glad to assist him or show him the way to the Native
Affairs Department to get his native status verified,"
he said in a statement, here, Tuesday.
Henrynus said PBS sympathised with the issue of genuine
Sino-native individuals being denied of their rights as
natives, but the party had no intention to act on behalf
of DAP to direct or influence the Kota Kinabalu Native Court
to revoke Wong's native status.
"No one is accusing the DAP leader or implying anything,
but the onus is on him to act for himself, not PBS."
He said if indeed Wong had the necessary supporting documents
such as birth certificate, he had nothing to worry about
as he needed not go through the tedious process of verification.
Henrynus said the DAP leader could get the result from
the Native Affairs Department in a matter of days, not weeks,
but only if he could visit the department with his supporting
documents just like everyone else who are Sino- native.
"PBS regrets DAP's antic of dragging PBS and certain
NGOs to plead for his case, and for that matter, blaming
PBS squarely for his personal problem," he said.
Meanwhile, PBS reiterated its support for any government
decision to lift the ban on the issuance of native certificates
to genuine applicants, subject to the fact that fraudulent
ones must be identified and revoked.
Henrynus said PBS would certainly discuss and deliberate
on the issue of lifting the freeze on native certificates
at the party level and was confident in the wisdom of the
chief minister as the state BN chairman to bring about consensus
within the BN coalition
On DAP's criticism that PBS did not bother to lift the
freeze during the party's nine-year rule, Henrynus said
he was not aware of the issue being raised by DAP until
recently when its party chief was facing a personal problem.
He said DAP's desperate plea and relentless attack on PBS
over the issue of Wong's native certificate merely reinforced
public opinion that DAP was actually fighting for their
leader, not for the people of Sabah.