MATUNGGONG: Sabahan’s concerns about the the Federal Government’s sincerity to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah are unfounded.
The delay in taking action does not mean that the Federal Government is not serious in handling the matter, Johnny Mositun, Parti Bersatu Sabah Secretary-General, said.
The delay, according to Mositun, is due to the need for a comprehensive and effective plan of action to resolve a complicated problem that goes back several decades, an inherited problem that doesn’t lend itself to any hasty or knee-jerk solution.
Representing Dr Maximus Ongkili, PBS acting President, at the joint opening of the AGMs of the party’s Matunggong and Tanjung Kapor Divisions here, he said Sabahans wanted a quick solution to the problem, and their impatience over the delay in implementing the RCI recommendations was understandable.
“But it is not fair to blame Joseph Pairin Kitingan, its Working Committee chairman, or PBS for not doing anything to see these recommendations implemented soon enough,” he said.
“The committee was formed by the Federal Government and has nothing to do with PBS or any individual political party. That Pairin is also PBS President is a coincidence, that’s all.”
Mositun also rejected charges by critics of the government that the RCI was merely a BN gimmick and that the Federal Government was not serious about resolving the problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah.
Mositun also disclosed that Sabahans will hear from Zahid Hamidi, the deputy Prime Minister and committee chairman about the matter soon.
He said Darrel Leiking, Parti Warisan Sabah deputy President, despite being well-educated and knowledgeable about government matters, chose to play up this issue because he knew it struck a chord with Sabahans and followers of opposition parties that usually sprout up like mushrooms at election time.
Calling on voters in Matunggong and Tanjung Kapor to be wary of sweet-talking opposition party candidates, he said there were many opportunists who would contest on opposition tickets but if they were lucky enough to win, they would later jump back to BN or declare themselves BN friendly.