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Where there is fire, there is smoke: Dr Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU: Star Sabah President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan has come out in defence of former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman who was singled out by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Azis Jamman as being responsible for Sabah’s illegal immigrant predicament.

Urging Parti Warisan Sabah to stop looking for scapegoats and blaming previous administration for the problem, he said nobody was denying that the issue of illegal immigrants has been a protracted problem.

Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan. SNT File pix

However, to simply point fingers at one person namely Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman was a cheap shot, he said in a statement here today.

Dr Jeffrey said Azis’ “unfounded allegations on Musa’s involvement in Project IC is based on one man’s perspective published in a book.”

“Is it a conclusive study? Was Musa ever found guilty of such conduct? Did the RCI on illegal immigrants proved Musa’s involvement?

“In fact during the RCI, there were repeated testimonies that there were syndicates selling  dubious Mykads to illegal immigrants,” he said.

“I also wish to question in what capacity is Azis making his statement? Is he speaking as the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs or Warisan Wira Chief?

“His statement seems to be incongruent, sounding like Deputy Minister one minute and a politician the next,” he added.

The Keningau MP also questioned the reason to have two Warisan party leaders to issue lengthy statements on the matter.

“There is no need to be so jittery and defensive if you claim non involvement on the issue,” he said.

‘Where there is smoke, there is fire. Hence, one cannot blame public perception that when it comes to illegal immigrants, Warisan uses gentle hands,” he said.

“If Warisan wants to counter allegations of their involvement in documenting illegals, they should be more robust in their efforts to flush out illegals instead of “babying” the problem,” he said.-SabahNewsToday