Saturday, January 8, 2011

Why no royal commission on illegal immigrants in Sabah

 January 8, 2011

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has repeated its call for a royal commission of inquiry on illegal immigrants in the state and the issuance of MyKads to some of them.

SAPP president Yong Teck Lee made the call in response to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s announcement on the setting up of a royal commission to investigate the Teoh Beng Hock case in view of the inconclusive verdict of the coroner after the inquest.

“Everyone in Sabah is asking, how about a royal commission of inquiry on illegal immigration and the issuance of MyKads to illegals in Sabah and the threat to national security?

“Surely, the illegal immigrant crisis, dubbed the ‘Mother of all threats’, is equally, if not more, deserving of a royal commission of inquiry?” Yong asked in a statement here yesterday.

He said that in the last few years, there have been the a royal commissions of inquiry on the police (2004), on the nude squat video clip of a woman (2005) and even a video clip of lawyer VK Lingam (2007).
“SAPP and some other political parties have repeatedly sought for a royal commission of inquiry (on illegal immigrants).
“SAPP’s MPs similarly have voiced the same in Parliament.
“SAPP calls on the federal Cabinet, which consists of four full ministers from Sabah, to immediately push for a royal commission on illegal immigration in Sabah,” he added.

He noted that PBS, a BN component party, had last year given a deadline of 2012 to finally resolve the illegal immigration crisis in Sabah.

Yong, a former chief minister, said that PBS MPs and its leaders in the Sabah Cabinet must similarly take a clear and unequivocal stand calling for a royal commission to resolve the issue without further delay.

“In spite of repeated assurances by both state and federal ministers to tackle the illegal immigration crisis in Sabah, the situation in the state has gone from bad to worse.
“What are our government leaders waiting for?” he asked.

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