RCI report: Take a professional approach, say dons

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 04 Dec 2014

PETALING JAYA: Testimonies by academicians asking the Government and politicians to take a more professional approach are among solutions noted in the report.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) lecturer Wan Shawaluddin Wan Hassan takes the view that the immigrants should be issued with proper documentation, and all residents in the settlements properly registered.

Saying that he does not agree with the demolition of the settlements, he adds that they should be closely monitored and organised.

UMS Associate Professor Dr Kutayya @ Mariappan says that the high tolerance ethnic groups in Sabah have in their interactions with illegal immigrants is progressively reducing.

Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) senior lecturer and researcher Prof Datuk Dr Ramlah Adam says the immigrants should be given a chance to settle in the state.

She says that the Sulu Sultanate had a well-established and sophisticated system of government before the arrival of the Westerners (namely the Spaniards) and which had extended to parts of Sabah.

“As such, many of the traditions and practices of the original inhabitants have continued to this day. It is in that context that many immigrants living in Sabah do not appear to consider themselves immigrants.

“Given that sort of linkages, immigrants should be given a chance to settle in Sabah, subject to conditions.

“The problems related to it should not be treated as a political issue but the authorities should adopt a more professional approach to resolving them,” she adds in the report.

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