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‘BN creating illegal immigrant vote bank’

 | February 14, 2011

In view of the government's hesitance in handling the issue of illegal immigrants, Sabah DAP is calling on all local parties within the Barisan Nasional to quit the coalition.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional ally, Upko, should take the initiative and table a motion on the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah, said the state opposition party DAP.

Sabah DAP, which welcomed the recent proposition by Upko president Bernad Dompok for the RCI to settle the long-standing issue said it would be best if Upko’s elected representatives moved the motion in the next parliamentary sitting in March.

Dompok, who is also Minister of Commodities and Plantation Industries, came up with the suggestion in the wake of opposition from various quarters on the recent self-style proclamation by Filipino-born and ex-ISA detainee Mohd Akjan Ali as the “Sultan of Sulu” at one of the latter’s properties in Kampung Likas near here.

State DAP assistant secretary, Junz Wong, said it is an open secret that the BN-led government is facilitating the systematic legalisation of illegal immigrants in Sabah and registering them as voters.

He said the BN is using these voters to ensure that Sabah will remain as the “fixed deposit” for the ruling coalition during the general election.

“Sabah DAP feels that a RCI may be relevant but the BN-government appears to be very reluctant to support the idea.

“In view of this we would like to see all the component parties of BN other than Umno to leave the BN family and join us in Pakatan Rakyat to redeem our dignity and position while safeguarding the future of our children,” he said.


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