Deport illegal immigrants instead of issuing temporary passes, says PBS

KOTA KINABALU: The government has been urged to find ways to deport foreigners in Sabah, instead of issuing them with special passes, says opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).

PBS information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai (pic) said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement on the issuance of the renewable Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) to some 600,000 foreign nationals in the state was of concern to Sabahans.

He said the issuance of these passes would increase the number of foreign nationals and eventually altering Sabah’s population demography.

“There is a possibility of foreign nationals outnumbering locals, and this will eventually put us at a disadvantage, ” he said in a statement here on Monday (Sept 9).

Bangkuai said in the interest of the future of Sabahans, all foreign nationals should be deported.

He said issuing the PSS would not only lead them to multiplying in numbers, but also encourage more foreigners to enter Sabah illegally.

“The government should impose Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act155) governing the deportation of immigrants without proper travel documents, to repatriate the illegal immigrants in Sabah to their country of origin, ” he said.

Bangkuai said all foreign nationals without any travel documents who genuinely wish to return and earn a living in Sabah can re-enter the state with proper and valid travel documents issued by their country of origin.

He said Sabahans have every reason to be alarmed and concerned with the government’s decision to issue the PSS to some 600,000 foreign nationals in the state which could be renewed every three years.

It must also be noted with concern and fear that just a few days ago, the Philippines’ Foreign Secretary has blatantly declared that Sabah belongs to the Philippines, Bangkuai said.

“With this concern hanging over our head, it cannot be discounted that the large presence of Filipino illegal immigrants and the Southern Philippines war refugees, who had remained in Sabah, could prompt a 'reverse takeover', ” he said.

“It must also be noted that there had been numerous reports about Filipino immigrants from Sabah entering Peninsular Malaysia using fake documents, and as such, the illegal immigrants issue in Sabah could become a national problem, ” Bangkuai said.

The federal leadership ought to view the large presence of Filipino illegal immigrants in Sabah as a potential national problem and initiate immediate steps to deport them, in collaboration with the state government.

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