Dismay over Dr M’s statement
on The Borneo Post August 10, 2012, Friday
KINABALU: Former prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s
statement defending the granting of Malaysian citizenship
to migrants has riled many Sabahans and caused dismay among
some Barisan Nasional leaders.
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Youth chief Datuk Jahid Jahim
said the movement regretted Mahathir’s statement as the
granting of Malaysian citizenship though the method mentioned
by the former Prime Minister is against the Constitution
and sovereign law of the country.
an individual is an illegal immigrant in Malaysia, it doesn’t
matter how long that person has been residing in the country
or how fluent he or she is in Malay, that person is not
eligible to be granted Malaysian citrizenship,” he stressed.
Youth, according to Jahid, strongly objected to the way
Mahathir says the migrants in Sabah should be granted citizenship.
is totally wrong and unconstitutional as these people are
illegal immigrants… we do not object to those who come to
Sabah legally and apply for citizenship through the proper
channel but we are against them being granted the right
to be Malaysians just because they have lived here for a
long time and can speak Malay fluently,” the Assistant Youth
and Sport Minister said.
is the basis of processing a citizenship application without
proper documentation? There is no country in the world that
practices what Mahathir is saying because doing so would
be detrimental to the future of the genuine citizens, especially
to their future generation,” Jahid stressed.
to the Tamparuli assemblyman, Mahathir’s latest statement
has resulted in the younger generation thinking whether
he has played any hidden role in the incredible population
boom in Sabah.
was of the opinion that Mahathir should instead support
the hard work under Najib’s leadership to resolve the issue
of illegal immigrants not only in Sabah but also throughout
he added, should stop issuing statements that will further
hurt Sabahans who have been plagued by the issue which has
been described as ‘mother of all problems’.