PBS Calls For Final Settlement Of
Sabah Illegal Immigrant Problem
Oct 30 (Bernama) -- Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president
Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan today called for a final
settlement of the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah, literally
describing it as a "wound" in the 1Malaysia "body"
that has to be "surgically" treated.
the problem remained in the minds of the Sabah people although
the government had taken various measures to tackle it,
including through the implementation of the 5P programme.
hope the programme will continue to be implemented and achieve
success. There have been reports and interpretations that
unless the illegal immigrant problem is resolved properly,
it may undermine national security and the people's safety,"
he said at the opening of the 26th congress of PBS at the
KDCA Hall, here.
congress was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin
Yassin. Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri
Musa Aman, State Assembly Speaker Datuk Salleh Said Keruak
and Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku
Adnan Tengku Mansor.
who is a Sabah deputy chief minister, said the PBS supported
all the government efforts thus far to overcome the illegal
immigrant problem, including the use of the biometric registration
said that several BN component parties, including the PBS,
would like the government to set up a royal commission of
inquiry to arrive at a final settlement of the problem.
PBS seeks to have the commission set up next year, he added.
said he hoped that other issues, including employment opportunities,
power sharing and opportunities for contractors from Sabah,
would be looked into as well.
these issues should be resolved to ensure that the people
continue to support the present government.
said the PBS fully supported the suggestion by the deputy
prime minister for everyone to work hard as a team to ensure
a bigger victory for the BN in the next general election.