By Chris Maskilone
MEMBAKUT: Former Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Anifah Aman continues to chastise Upko President Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau to the extent suggesting the latter be moved to an island to live with the illegal immigrants.
“But we cannot do that also because he is a Sabahan. Then again, he has pawned the fate of our future generations by joining the ‘opposition’ that has resulted in the collapse of the Barisan Nasional (BN) State Government,” he said.
Speaking at the rally to reject the Sabah Temporary Pass or PSS at the old town here today, Anifah claimed now Madius who was a colleague of his in the previous Federal cabinet supported the implementation of PSS.
“He is a betrayer of the people and Sabah. Are you willing to forgive him? If yes, then I will never forgive all of you,” said Anifah to the more than 500 people gathered under the canopy at the far side of the Old Membakut Town.
The former Kimanis MP said sooner or later those given PSS would become citizens and later eligible to vote.
Meanwhile, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Information Chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the current government’s flip flop decisions showed that it is a government that cannot be trusted.
Those decisions included on the Tanjung Aru Eco-Development and the Kaiduan Dam now named Papar Dam, which they had rejected when they were in the opposition but changed their mind after becoming the government.
The Kiulu Assemblyman also disclosed that during his Kimanis Parliamentary by-election campaign trails for BN candidate Datuk Mohamad Alamin, he and his team were greeted by the elderly whose face seemed to be happy but with sad eyes.
“When I asked why are they sad, they hugged me and cried before revealing their utmost worry for their grandchild because of the PSS. What will happen to them?” he said while keeping his composure in check.
The only way to answer these elderly folks was for everyone to stand up against PSS, he said.
Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star Sabah) President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan cautioned issuance of the PSS might lead to complications as it meant giving much freedom to 600 IMM13 holders in the state.
“We don’t know who these people are … they could be informants or linked to terrorist groups like the Islamic State (IS) or Abu Sayyaf,” he said Dr Jeffrey who Keningau MP and Tambunan Assemblyman.
He claimed that the implementation of PSS would affect Sabah’s economy and future, which may occur even in five to seven years from now.
MCA Sabah Wanita chief, Dr Pamela Yong, on the other hand, said there was no need for the PSS as there are other measures that could be taken including tightening existing laws.
She said if the immigrants were sincere to come here to work in a greener pasture they should come to the state via the correct channel and not sneaked in to become illegal immigrants.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee wondered the real reasons behind the introduction of the PSS.
He said that one of the reasons given was to ascertain the actual number of the IMM13, Kad Burung-Burung and Census certificate holders in Sabah.
However, the former Chief Minister said the Federal Government is scheduled to hold the national Census this year, which would also gather similar information.
“Is there a real need for it?” he asked.-SabahNewsToday