|Posted by Super Admin|
| Monday, 26 May 2008 |
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah has taken Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee to task for having rejected the motion on the proposal to set up the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah.
Its Deputy Chairperson Christina Liew said he had betrayed Sabahans and done great injustice to the people.
"Ronald, being a Sabahan himself, should understand the critical and pathetic situation facing Sabahans for almost four decades. The influx of illegal immigrants has a devastating impact on the people of Sabah, from prevalence of communicable disease to drug trafficking, mushrooming of squatter colonies and security issues. It is not surprising if there are more illegals than locals in some parts of the east coast of Sabah.
"Therefore, Ronald's rejection on the ground of irrelevancy is totally unacceptable," she said in a statement from Brisbane, Australia, Sunday.
Liew claimed that the illegals are becoming "king-makers" as they possess MyKads and have become Bumiputeras instantly, and thus have the power to shape the political destiny of Sabah.
"The presence of a large population of outsiders is so 'influential' that some of our government departments are giving way their (outsiders) antics. For example, we are not short of cases whereby local native lands are taken way in the name of development but, at the same time, illegals are allowed to build houses in our backyard or occupy State or Federal government quarters and lands."
While commending MP for Kimanis Datuk Anifah Aman's intention to set up the Parliamentary Select Committee to resolve Sabah's long-standing problems, Liew said whether he is able to achieve the desired results is left to be seen.
"We used to have a Sabah MP (in the person of Tan Sri Bernard Dompok) who was unable to get the co-operation of one particular Federal department in carrying out his duties as the then Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity," she said.
Liew also queried Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the outcome of the Committee to study the illegals issue (headed by him) as earlier announced and promised by the latter.
"Likewise, the announcement by the Chief Minister on the building of more detention centres in Sabah is a sheer waste of public funds and will not serve the purpose of getting rid of them."
PKR, she said, would not hesitate to suggest that the proposed detention centres be built in KL. "Perhaps only then will the Federal Government take a serious view of the problem plaguing Sabah."
Calling on Sabahans to start getting their act together, Liew said they must show the KL leadership that they (Sabahans) won't simply take any crap handed down to them just because Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) won 59 out of 60 State seats, and 24 out of 25 Parliamentary seats.
"We PKR urge all Sabah MPs to rise up and speak in one voice in Parliament. Tell the Federal Government 'enough is enough'. We want action, we want our Sabah MPs to walk the talk," she said.
THE DAILY EXPRESS