Sorak chairman denies calling Brunei Malays who support PSS illegal immigrants


  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 Jan 2020

BEAUFORT: NGO Solidariti Rakyat Sabah (Sorak) chairman Jamain Sarudin claims he was impersonated in a viral picture allegedly of him telling ethnic Brunei Malays that they were illegal immigrants if they supported the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS).

He said he had lodged a police report after the post with the picture and caption were spread on social media over the last few days.

“On Jan 10, some irresponsible party impersonated me on Facebook by creating a photo using my profile picture and name and posted an image with a text caption slandering my own ethnic group (Brunei Malays), ” he said.

He added that there had been a lot of comments and negative reactions to the post.

“I wish to clarify that I never posted such content on Facebook and request anyone who has shared or re-posted it to delete it.

“I have also made a police report, ” he said, adding that Sorak’s stand on the PSS issue remained unchanged.

He said that Sorak would continue with its plan to support the rally planned to protest the PSS at the old Membakut town here on Wednesday (Jan 15) morning.

He said that Sorak supported the main organiser, Sabah People’s Education Improvement Organisation (PIPA), in staging the protest rally against the government’s hasty decision to implement PSS.

The rally aims to voice up Sabahans' concerns over the implications and dangers should the PSS be issued to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in Sabah.

The organisers claimed that Sabah’s sovereignty was threatened by “foreigners who will enjoy the various government facilities, take away our jobs, and ultimately change the political landscape of Sabah when they acquire citizenship with the right to vote.”

Opposition parties Barisan Nasional, Parti Bersatu Sabah and others are expected to join the Anti-PSS rally.

Jamain also claimed that he was threatened by some social media users after he voiced his opposition to the PSS, including by a person who sent him a picture of a pistol and bullet.

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