Act Urgently On Illegal Immigrants; Sabahans Are ‘Sick And Tired’ Of Them

These four Filipinos failed in their attempt to get into Semporna through the back door, but for everyone caught, dozens slip through. What Sabahans are angry about is that many soon become ‘new’ Malaysians. – Photo credit Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency

COMMENT: Parti Warisan Sabah supports the call made by Darell Leiking, our Deputy President, that a special Parliament sitting be held to debate matters relating to illegal immigrants, the ‘Projek IC’ scandal and ‘stateless children’ not only in Sabah, but the whole country, and must include the proposed solutions with regards to the RCI on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah.

These issues are now totally out of control and I demand Najib Razak to allow Members of Parliament from all over the country that face these problems to debate about it in Parliament so that our Federal Government knows how serious these matters are.

All the so-called security action costing billions of ringgit apparently have not been able to successfully to prevent foreign nationals, particularly those related to militants who are well known to cause terror attacks, from entering Sabah and making their way all over the country.

Terrence Siambun, left, with Darell Leiking. Both are Parti Warisan Sabah leaders now.

No country in the world is safe from terror groups but when we allow hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals, irrespective of whether they are legitimate foreign workers or illegal immigrants to roam free around our country, particularly Sabah, then we have a big problem. That actually signals potential terrorists or militants that it is easy to enter our country and all they have to do is to lie low (sleepers) within their own community until the time comes.

Now we have seven Abu Sayyaf members who have being detained by the Bukit Aman Counter Terrorism Unit who entered Malaysia through Sandakan and it is unbelievable that they were able to pass several security checkpoints from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur.

I still remember the case of a 37-year-old guard of Indonesian nationality, holding fake Malaysian ID masquerading as a Sabahan, who was involved in a murder-cum-robbery case in Selangor back in 2013.

The Federal Government subsequently launched its ‘Ops ID’ to trace and detain foreign citizens with fake identification cards working as security guards and perhaps, hundred thousands of ringgit had been spent for this purpose.

Streets kids like these are forced to earn a living; selling plastic bags to local customers at the Central market in Kota Kinabalu.

Barely four years later, we have the same issue involving security guards, but this time it has gotten worse; it now involves the Abu Sayyaf.

The prime minister, as well as Zahid Hamidi and Hishamuddin Hussein, who have made multiple visits to the East Coast of Sabah – as a matter of fact, Zahid is in Lahad Datu now – must come to their senses and allow the debate at Parliament over the matter to take place.

A group of stateless children in the east coast.

To date, they have yet to take any concrete action on the 400,000 illegal immigrants being given citizenship under the infamous ‘Projek IC’ that enables them to vote.

As elected representatives, the affected MPs, irrespective of whether they are from the BN or opposition, have all the right to know what the Federal Government intends to do with the illegal immigrants in Sabah, because it will definitely involve millions, if not billions of ringgit worth of taxpayers monies.

I will be proposing to the Warisan leadership for a Statewide grassroot campaign to rally Sabahans to support the call made by our Deputy President to Najib over the matter.

Only through such campaign will make Najib and his Federal Government realize how sick and tired Sabahans are with these illegal immigrants, ‘Projek IC’ and stateless children.

• Terrence Siambun is State Assemblyman for Moyog and Treasurer of Parti Bersatu Sabah