KOTA KINABALU: An opposition leader here has called for authorities to take pro-active action following a recent spike in incidents involving illegal immigrants.
Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Sabah STAR) president Datuk Dr Jeffrey G Kitingan said the relevant authorities such as the police and the Immigration department must flush out illegal immigrants from Sabah.
He warned that fed-up locals may take matters into their own hands if the matter was allowed to prolong.
“The recent spate of crimes involving illegals have caused considerable concern among locals, especially the younger generation, so much so there have been rumours of groups wanting to retaliate by attacking immigrants in Ranau and Keningau,” said the Keningau MP in a statement Wednesday (June 12).
“This is due to the highly provocative crimes, including jewellery and bag snatching, shop robberies, car thefts, house-breaking, drug distribution, widespread illegal cigarette peddling, gang violence and even murder, such as the very tragic killing of a Grab driver.
“For the first time, we have emotions and anger escalating to a level where youths are willing to brings weapon to town to beat up immigrants," he said.
Jeffrey said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, as the State Security Working Committee chairman, should "raise the alarm" among the enforcement authorities and get them to make a swoop to rid the state of undesirable elements, and not just those who were illegals.
The Tambunan assemblyman stressed that indications show it may get out of hand if the authorities do not act with uncompromising decisiveness to enforce security laws.
Jeffrey said Sabahans no longer feel safe, and the situation has reached a critical point.
"The relevant authorities must act before the locals feel cornered and feel they have to take the law into their own hands," he warned.
Jeffrey also urged the federal government and local authorities to activate the district and village security communities to monitor the presence and activities of immigrants to protect local citizens.