Merit in royal commission on immigration problems
PENAMPANG, Feb 18 (New Sabah Times) --
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin
Kitingan asserted that there is merit in the suggestion
that the Federal government set up a Royal Commission of
Inquiry to investigate the immigration problems in Sabah.
He said by having a commission, it showed the sincerity
and transparency on the part of the government in tackling
the state’s immigrant problem once and for all.
“Everybody knows Sabah is grappling with illegal immigration
for quite some time. Of course the people want to know how
this problem came about and how to sort it out from all
“That’s why we in PBS support the formation of a Royal
Commission of Inquiry. In fact, this is nothing new. PBS
had been fighting this for a long time,” he told reporters
when met at the PBS Chap Goh Mei celebration in conjunction
with the Chinese New Year, here yesterday.
Pairin, who is Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, was asked to
comment on the statement by Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun
Hussein on Monday, rejecting a suggestion for a Royal Commission
of Inquiry into Sabah’s immigrant problem.
Pairin said the call for the seting up of a Royal Commission
of Inquiry did not mean that the Federal government had
not done anything to overcome the problems.
Acknowledging the government’s efforts on this matter,
he hoped for more practical and concrete solutions from
the laboratory on illegal immigrants under the National
Key Result Areas (NKRA) soon.
On the issue of the “extraordinary growth” of the Sabah
population by 500 per cent, Pairin said this needed to be