KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is ready to bring the problem of illegal immigrants in the state to an international platform if needed, says its president Maximus Ongkili.
Speaking to the media here today, Ongkili said the party would not hesitate to bring the issue internationally if the Sabah government refuses to take drastic action to resolve the problem.
“For this reason, PBS has set up the Illegal Immigrant and Foreign Workers Bureau, led by deputy president Radin Malleh. The bureau will be submitting a memorandum on the issue to the Sabah government and the Federal government,” he said.
The party, he said, wanted illegal immigrants to be arrested and deported in accordance with the law.
“We have done enough. Enough has been submitted and voiced out, yet action taken has been unsatisfactory. We want a concrete solution, and we are not afraid to go above and beyond,” he stressed.
At the same time, he said, PBS had planned to co-organise international forums and seminars on the rising threat posed by the presence of illegal immigrants to the national security, Sabah and Sabahans following reports by foreign scholars on the issues.
The former federal minister added the party would use publications of articles to ensure the international community was aware of the threats.
“We will start a working group on this, including involving international professionals or Sabahans staying abroad, and those who have published works on this issue,” he said adding that working with global and international parties would be PBS’ last resort if the federal government continues to ignore the issue.
“Our team is solid and ready to move. We want to cleanse Sabah of illegal immigrants,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ongkili said the party will continue to focus on its 10 core struggles, including promotion of multi-racial politics, dignity of man, Sabah’s security and upholding the promises stated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“PBS is the only genuine multi-racial party in Sabah and we will continue to ensure Sabahans stay united. We will also continue to voice out on matters pertaining to the freedom of association, freedom of religion, freedom of access to government facilities and government assistance and so on.
“As for Sabah’s security, this has always been close to our hearts and remains number one in our spirit of fighting for Sabah, especially in eliminating illegal immigrants to keep both the state and country safe.
“We will also continue to fight for the rights of Sabah and Sabahans as enshrined in the MA63,” he said.
He added that PBS would be aggressively promoting the party’s struggle and recruitment drive to bring in new blood into the party.
“We will make sure our voices are heard especially in voicing out the people’s rights, besides defending their aspirations and to put the ‘New Malaysia’ government, whether in Parliament or state, on its stand so that they fulfil their promises and manifesto in the last election. They must deliver,” he said.
He stressed that PBS’ six state assemblymen will continue to speak up and bring matters to the State Assembly, while working closely with the government
“We will continue to be government-friendly on matters that are good for the people. (But) PBS can be a hardcore opposition against matters that are not good for the people, abusive to the system, destructive to the wellbeing of the people,” he said.