It's like harbouring foreigners without documents: Majimbun
(Feb 13, 2009): Sepanggar MP Datuk Eric Majimbun said the Education
Minister's openly expressed intention to change a long-existing
country policy to enable students whose citizenship status in their
temporary identification document is stated as "undetermined", to be
accepted into Form One in the State, can be considered as harbouring
"foreigners without document", as such status is equivalent to being
illegal immigrants or stateless.
He said Datuk Seri Hishamuddin
Tun Hussein is also trying to further complicate the mother-of-all
problems in the State, the unresolved illegal immigrant issue and
falsification of Malaysian identification documents by foreigners,
if he truly does so.
"It was very shocking to have a Federal Minister flying all the
way to Sabah an then making such a statement…we do not know what his
real intention is, but whatever it is he is actually not helping but
further completing the mother-of all problems in Sabah," he said.
Towards this end Majimbun said it is very disappointing,
upsetting and regrettable that a senior Federal Cabinet member like
Hishamuddin seems to be still unaware of what is truly happening and
the great problem still faced by Malaysians in the State.
"This thing that Hishamuddin was referring to involves people
without Malaysian citizenship status and most, if not all of them,
are foreigners…it also seems like Hishamuddin is trying to open the
floodgates for more illegal immigrants to come to Sabah in pursuit
of such an "offer" made by a Federal Minister," he said.
Majimbun, who is also Deputy President of the Sabah Progressive Party
(SAPP) said Hishamuddin is also proving right the claims by many
quarters that Malaysians in Sabah are second-class citizens because,
while many genuine Malaysian students in rural areas are still very
far left behind others in the peninsula in terms of proper education
facility, now "he (Hishamuddin) openly declare wanting to assist
these undetermined-status in Sabah."
The genuine Malaysian schoolchildren are supposed to enjoy the
utmost priority from Hishamuddin, he said, claiming there are
already many illegal immigrants who obtained their Malaysian
identification documents dubiously already enjoying public education
facilities in this country.
Majimbun also hoped that Hishamuddin will not raise such things
for his own political gain particularly with the Umno election just
round the corner.