Upko to meet NSC over temp Sabah pass issue, PBS declines invite


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 22 Dec 2019

Parti Bersatu Sabah secretary-general Datuk Jahid Jahim.

KOTA KINABALU: The United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) will be holding a roundtable meeting with the National Security Council (NSC) over the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) issue on Monday (Dec 23).

It has invited various parties including Opposition leaders and stakeholders to attend the meeting.

However, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has declined to attend the session.

PBS secretary-general Datuk Jahid Jahim said that he had instructed party headquarters to decline the invite.

"We are declining because as far as PSS is concerned, PBS has long made its stand and we say no to it," he said.

"We have spoken out well on our objection in advance, both in Parliament and state legislative assembly sittings," he added.

In a letter addressed to Jahid dated Dec 16, Upko had invited PBS to attend the roundtable discussion with the NSC over the controversial proposal to issue the PSS to selected immigrants in Sabah.

"In other words, the roundtable is probably only intended to convince people to support the PSS, not to get input from the public," he said.

The Tamparuli assemblyman said the party's objection is clear, and Upko's leaders were welcome to listen and read PBS leaders' speeches in Parliament and the state assembly sittings.

Jahid said they are also cautious to attend forums "where the outcome is foregone".

He said the Home Affairs Ministry, as explained by its deputy minister Datuk Azis Jamman, is already on a roadshow briefing crowds on the implementation of the PSS.

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