Campaign for setting up RCI on illegel immigrants in Sabah

Sabah opposition groups step up campaign for RCI
By Michael Kaung - Free Malaysia Today

KOTA KINABALU: A signature campaign is underway in Sabah aimed at convincing Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on the illegal immigrant issue.

The campaign is jointly led by the four main opposition parties – Sabah Progressive People (SAPP), DAP, PKR and PAS. Leaders of the four parties carried out a public signature campaign at the popular weekly Gaya Street open market here yesterday.

SAPP Youth chief, Edward Dagul, said that the setting up of the RCI was vital as it is a long-term problem faced by all Sabahans and there was no reason why the federal government should smother the issue.

“We believe that Sabahans prefer to have an RCI on the illegal immigrants issue rather than on the sex tape,” he said in reference to calls by pro-government leaders to probe the alleged sex tape involving opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The signature campaign comes to an end this week and the group plans to present it to Najib in parliament on Tuesday or Wednesday. “If we can’t meet him then, we’ll catch him another time … We want to have a final word from him because the PTI (immigrant) issue in Sabah seems to be an unending issue,” said Dagul.

Home Affairs Minister, Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, has already brushed off a call for a RCI saying it will be useless to have one.

Meanwhile, DAP Api-Api vice-chairman, Henry Shim said they were worried that the surge in the population of Sabah had irreversibly tilted the balance of political power.

“The non Muslim natives and Chinese comprise over 60% of the 500,000 people who agreed to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963.

“Today, Sabah which registered the highest growth rate of more than five percent during the 70s and 80s saw illegal immigrants systematically legalised and entered into the electoral roll.

“The average growth rate for Malaysia was about 2.5 percent,” he said.

New Bumiputeras

He said Sarawak, which started with more people than Sabah in the 60s, was overtaken by Sabah now with about 3.2 million as compared to Sarawak with under three million people.

He cited that two authors, M D Mutalib in his book ‘Project IC’ and Dr Chong Eng Leong in his ”Lest We Forget’ outlined the alleged modus operandi of the government in legalising illegal immigrants to ensure the non Muslim community in Sabah is less than the Muslim Bumiputeras.

“DAP Sabah has brought up this matter in Parliament. DAP legislators including Lim Kit Siang have raised this matter over and over again, the latest during the March 2011 parliamentary sitting where he moved a motion to establish an RCI on the illegal immigrant and recommended that the commission be headed by former Suhakam vice-chairman and former Sabah state secretary, Simon Sipaun.

“We urge all BN component parties and their leaders to search their conscience on this very important matter. Is it worth winning an election with the help of the new Bumiputeras at the expense of the indigenous people and non Muslim community in Sabah?” asked Henry.

He added that the Pakatan Rakyat’s Orange Book of “Buku Jingga” is very clear on the matter.

“The Pakatan Rakyat government will establish an RCI to investigate the problem and lay out recommendations on solving the problems.

“In other words, we the people of Sabah must first embrace Pakatan Rakyat in the 13th general election so that we can do something about illegal immigrant problem,” he said.

PKR youth chief, Jeffrey Jomion, said that they were hoping for members from the ruling party to join hands with the opposition in addressing the illegal immigrants problems.

“We are not here to condemn Umno. We are here to solve the foreign workers issue and we had hope for a cooperation from the government,” he said.

He added that the foreign workers issue in Sabah was a national issue that needs to be addressed by all parties, including the government.

My 2-cents: We had enough of all this illegal immigrants. We want the government to do something on it. How long more do we Sabahan will have to endure all of the problems created by the increasing number of illegal immigrants in Sabah? If you haven't sign the campaign please do so. It is everyone responsibility.
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