By Chris Maskilone
PENAMPANG: PBS intends to move a Private Member Bill for the reinstatement of the Anti-Hop Law both in the Sabah State Legislative Assembly.
President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said PBS in its 34th annual delegates conference on Saturday passed a resolution calling for the reinstatement of the Anti-Hop Law.
“There were two resolutions (passed) and one of them was on the Anti-Hop Law, which is not new but I think we are wiser this time,” he said when met after the adjournment of the party congress.
“Our lawyers have already met and because other parties in Malaya like Umno and even Pas are supporting it, so our lawyers have consulted them to compare notes,” he said.
Dr Maximus who is also MP for Kota Marudu said he would first test it by taking action against those who deserted PBS and then the next step to compare the bill.
“We intend to do it both in Parliament, which would be done by Umno and also at the State Legislative Assembly, during the next sitting as a private member bill, and we will see how it is,” he said.
He anticipated that it might not receive support but “if the mood in Malaya is good against it, then I think they will have everybody to reject it.”
The resolution was tabled by the PBS Women Wing stating that the law must be reinstated to ensure political stability and that if there is such an intention, then the elected representative concerned must vacate their seats and go back to the voters.
PBS also passed the resolution objecting to the issuance of the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) beginning next year, which Dr Maximus said was based on the argument that Kuala Lumpur has no unilateral power to implement a policy or regulation on migrants without formal consultation with the State.
Towards this end, he said PBS youth wing was conducting briefings on all youths and that the online petition opposing the PSS now has about 11,500 signatures and coupled with those collected manually there were already 13,000 signatures gathered so far.
“So, we will pursue this further. We will officially write to the Prime Minister on the outcomes of our resolutions which is against it (PSS issuance). I have already spoken about it in Parliament.
“Unless the details remained unknown, we are going to reject it all the way,” he said.-SabahNewsToday