Pairin says chided for raising illegals issue

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the first step in resolving Sabah’s problem with the influx of immigrants was to stem the flow of people entering the state illegally.

“The next step is to look at those who are already in Sabah and what to do with them. Those with jobs should be regularised and documented while those without documents should be sent home to their respective home countries,” he said.

Pairin who is the 199th witness to give evidence at the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah said this when asked by conducting officer Manoj Kurup on what he thought should be done to resolve the problem in the state.

The Deputy Chief Minister also said another solution would be to recall identity cards issued to those by way of statutory declaration because they were likely to have been issued to those who were not qualified in the first place.

“There are so many of these Statutory Declarations that this is no joke. By vetting through the Statutory Declaration we can determine if they are genuine,” he said.

Pairin also told the panel that when he was the Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister during the Berjaya era, he had spoken out about the need for the federal government to resolve the illegal immigrants problem in Sabah but was in return reprimanded for it by the top Berjaya leadership.

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