on illegal immigrants problem
Kinabalu, July 22, 2010: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Secretary-General
Datuk Richard Yong We Kong today said the BN government which ruled Sabah
for the last 16 years had all along shown no sincerity in helping Sabah
resolve the illegal immigrants problem. He said this when commenting on
the Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin who said, "perhaps, this was the
first time the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah being looked at in
holistic manner..." therefore suggesting that the Federal Government had
never look at this problem seriously before.
"In fact the Federal and State Government had got all the information and
data concerning the issues. As far back as during PBS's time as state
government an amnesty exercise had been carried out and data on the
immigrants had been collected.
"During BN regularization exercise the National Security Council has had
the Indonesian Consulate setting up offices in various parts of Sabah to
help process documents for the Indonesian to facilitate them in getting
work permits. At the time the consulate officers from the Philippines
Embassy were posted to Sabah to process documents for their citizens. The
National Security Council help implemented the exercise and is having all
the documents and data with them.
"The Special Task Force, the Immigration Department, the
Maritime and joint Military Task Force had jointly carried out one
operation after another. They had the experiences, the know-how and the
facilities. They are totally capable of performing their duty. What is
really being required is the sincerity and the political will on the part
of the BN government to resolve this problem.
"SAPP in our 14 points proposal submitted to the Prime Minister and Deputy
Prime Minister in 2006 suggested direct prevention action in resolving
issue of illegal immigrants. One of those proposals is to set up a
Malaysian Consulate in Zamboanga from where most citizens of the Southern
Philippines board their ferry and to where most repartees are sent from
Sabah. And that if there are constraints in establishing a new consulate
in the Philippines, then the existing consulate in Davao should be
relocated to Zamboanga. This consulate can help to ensure only genuine
visitors and foreign workers will be properly documented to enter Malaysia
"Numerous memorandums with proposed solutions and comments had been made by
various groups and individuals on this pertinent issue. Yet the answer we
keep on getting is one study after another. Now the Special Lab had just
completed its report and it is State cabinet's turn to study the report
and decide what and how to do.
"With all the experiences and information readily available yet the
Government is talking like only starting to look and study this problem.
It shows that this BN government is not sure of what to do, they don't
seem to have a direction, not serious or they are simply too busy with