KINABALU, January 9, 2016: It is time for the Deputy Chief Minister and
Chairman of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) working technical
committee on illegal immigrants in Sabah, Tan Sri Datuk Pairin Joseph
Pairin Kitingan, not to be evasive and to come clean with the actual
problems he is facing in completing the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI)
working technical committee’s report.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President Edward Dagul, opined in a
press statement issued Friday that the whole point of having the working
technical committee is so that all can be revealed. As it turned out, what
Pairin had disclosed in yesterday`s statement defeated the very purpose of
the original objective. But since Tan Sri Pairin had admitted to shoulder
some of the blame for the delay of the working technical committee’s
report, then he should further explain the statement that there was
“something blocking” his committee’s progress in completing the report.
“Pairin’s statement suggests that there are elements interfering in his
committee’s work. Now, if this is true, then he should report this matter
to the relevant authorities, including the main committee.
“But why did Tan Sri Pairin wait until the so called expiry of the
deadline to explain this “interference”? ,
(pic) said timing is all too important and in this case, if Pairin had
disclosed this matter before the end of the year, Sabahan would have
probably side by side taken arms with him to fight the “block”. As it is,
the disclosure was done after the deadline, which leads the people of
Sabah to wonder if the blame game is at work and if the hunting season for
“scapegoats” is open.
He further remarked that on a more serious note is the statement by Tan
Sri Pairin that there are locals harbouring these illegals “to use these
people for their own benefits”.
“Is he referring to phantom voters and how certain politicians benefit by
involving them during the election? Is he admitting the existence of this
dubious voters and that the electoral roll is tainted because of these
“Was the report by the working technical committee “blocked” by these
illegal - harbouring locals?
Dagul concluded that these questions and more needs to be answered by the
Deputy Chief Minister before the public are satisfied and appeased that
the problem are indeed real and valid. Without satisfactory answer, the
public cannot be blamed for assuming that the excuses Pairin gave were
nothing more than another delaying tactic to cover for his committee’s