KOTA KINABALU, April 13, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) questioned
the call made by Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili in urging the State and Federal
Governments to recall the Identity Cards or MyKads as insulting Sabahans’
In response to the news report yesterday, Edward Dagul, SAPP Deputy
President, remarked that when making the call, Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili
had conveniently forgotten that he is currently a senior minister in the
It is difficult for Sabahans to believe that Datuk Dr Maximus had not
consulted with his Federal Cabinet members, especially the Prime Minister
to recall back the MyKads in Sabah as an exercise to rid Sabah of illegal
immigrants before making the call via the press media.
“Are we to believe that as a senior minister within the federal cabinet,
he cannot directly consult the Prime Minister on this? Is Datuk Dr Maximus
telling his constituency members that the Prime Minister has chosen to
ignore Sabah’s illegal immigrant quagmire?" asked Edward.
As the call was made in front of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) members and
supporters, has Datuk Dr Max forgotten that his own Party President, Tan
Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan has yet to make public his committee’s report
on the RCI despite various promises to do so?
Since the failure by the Technical Working Committee on illegal immigrants
in Sabah to make public the committee’s full report last year, various
political parties as well as NGOs have questioned the integrity of the
committee, headed by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
“Was Datuk Dr Max sending a subliminal message to Sabahans that his Party
President has failed in his obligations?
Sabahans will find this call a little too unpalatable coming from Datuk Dr
Maximus. To many, this was all a show, a wayang kulit to hoodwink the
people that PBS and BN has the political will to rid Sabah of illegal
immigrants, concluded Edward.