KOTA KINABALU: Opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) does not want the government to issue Sabah Temporary Passes (PSS) to foreigners holding Kad Burung Burung and Census certificates as these are unrecognised documents.
PBS chief Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili (pic) said that only the IMM13 document issued to Filipino civil war refugees was recognised under the country’s Immigration Act.
He said the Kad Burung Burung was created following a census by the Chief Minister’s Department while PBS ruled the state and the other was from the census done by the Federal Special Task Force on Illegal Immigrants.
As such, he said that those holding either of the two documents were illegal and should not be put under the planned PSS, which PBS is also against.
Ongkili hoped the voters of Kimanis would make stand on the PSS issue by voting for Barisan as a mark of opposition to the planned programme.
Ongkili insisted that the PSS was a “genuine security scare and a direct threat to the livelihood of local Sabahans” if the government went ahead with registering some 135,000 refugees and stateless people holding the three different documents.
He said that Sabahans could lose their livelihoods if those PSS holders were allowed to travel freely and pose a threat to the indigenous people of the state.
He said that only those holding the IMM13 needed to be given attention while the others should be treated as illegal immigrants and sent back.
“There are about 65,000 IMM13 holders, excluding their family members, ” he said during a Chinese New year walkabout at the Lido market here on Sunday (Jan 12).
Barisan, with its allies PBS and Sabah STAR, are pushing for the halt to the issuance of PSS to “inland foreigners” who have been holding various other documents for decades and remain in Sabah.
On Saturday (Jan 11), Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the high-security PSS card was to replace the three cards held by these foreigners that have been in Sabah for nearly five decades.
He said that it was not to issue citizenship as claimed by Barisan and other detractors but was a step towards resolving the long-standing problem that has haunted Sabah for the last five decades.
“These people have been here and nothing was done previously, ” he told reporters, explaining that it would not pose a threat to Sabahans as they were already in the state.
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