BEAUFORT: The gathering against Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) that took less than two hours at Membakut town was a peaceful event, where local opposition took turns to give their views on the matter.
Less than a thousand turned up for the ‘Himpunan Solidarity Rakyat: Bantah PSS’ organised by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Pertubuhan Peningkatan Pendidikan Rakyat Sabah (PIPA) and Solidariti Rakyat Sabah (Sorak), which was held in the same day as the tamu (weekly market) on Wednesdays.
Among those present were Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, former Kimanis Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp) president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, Sabah MCA women chief Dr Pamela Yong and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.
Some of the audience arrived as early as 8am, including those who drove from Kota Kinabalu, when the event started around 9.30am and ended before 11.30am.
The event’s organising chairman Bangimin Ondoi Dulau, who is also from PIPA, said they have collected 500 signatures as targeted for the ‘People’s Petition Against PSS’ during the gathering.
“The attendance was more; we actually had an overwhelming turn up but we did not have enough pages (in the petition) to sign, ” he added.
Asked what is the next course of action, on whether they plan to hand it over to the government, he said,"We will pass it to the leadership, they will decide but it will probably be used to make a memorandum.”
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