Establish Royal Commission Of Inquiry
On Illegal Immigrants
KINABALU, Oct 29 (Bernama) -- Parti Bersatu Sabah
(PBS) President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan has called
on the federal government to establish a Royal Commission
of Inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah next year as a
sign of its commitment towards resolving the issue.
it was time the government took the matter seriously as
requests on the issue had been made a while back.
is only a guideline but needs to be stressed on. Focus should
be given on forming the commission to give assurance to
Malaysians in Sabah.
people, especially the locals, are asking whether they are
protected as Malaysian citizens in Sabah. This is why a
Royal Commission of Inquiry should be set up, next year,"
he told reporters after opening the PBS Wanita and Youth
delegates conference in conjuction with the party's 26th
Annual Congress at KDCA, near here Saturday.
who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said the sudden population
hike in Sabah should open the eyes of the federal government
on the need to take drastic action to tackle illegal immigrant
issues, in the same seriousness it had given to tackling
hardcore poverty in the state.
PBS was confident that the federal government under the
leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would see the pleas
of Sabahans as a priority, in line with the 1Malaysia concept.
believe the government can also take a bold action and form
the commission of inquiry," he said, adding however
that the party was making a friendly request and not an
hoped the government would review the refugee status given
to Filipinos who fled the war in their countries in the
70s, especially now that the situation, especially in southern
Philippine, was peaceful.