The Sabah MCA Women chief said if the government was sincere in wanting to solve the illegal immigrant and stateless people issue in Sabah, they could opt for other options such as enforcing existing laws.
“And if these people were sincere in wanting a better life and in contributing to the state’s economy why couldn’t they come in legally?” she asked during a gathering to object the implementation of PSS in old Membakut town yesterday.
Yong, who spoke in her capacity as an activist said that by choosing to enter Sabah illegally and settling down showed that these immigrants were willing to break the law and will continue to do so.
“So tell me, what is the intention of the state government of wanting to give immigrants in Sabah the PSS?” she asked.
She also asked immigrants in Sabah, who were refusing to return to their home countries and have entered here illegally, what are their intentions of being in Sabah.
Yong said peninsular Malaysians wanting to come to Sabah can only stay for three months whereas those who want to work here must renew their work passes every year.
“But why are non-Malaysians allowed to stay in Sabah with a PSS which is renewable for a fee every three years?” she asked.
She said if the Federal Government wanted to help Sabah solve this issue it should also let these immigrants travel elsewhere in search of better living in other parts of Malaysia.
The PSS slated to be implemented in June this year, will involve IMM13 holders (Filipino) refugees, Burung-Burung certificates and the Census cards.
Yong said this gathering and the objection against the PSS, was not a fight between Barisan Nasional and Warisan, nor was it a fight between the candidates.
“This is for the sake of our future,” she said.
Likewise, SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the government claims that some of the reasons behind the PSS were to gather information on the real numbers of immigrants and illegal immigrants in Sabah.
“But this year, 2020, is census year so there is ongoing efforts to gather related details, why the need for a PSS?” he asked.
He said in terms of policy, there should be only two types of documents allowed in Sabah which is the IMM13 and passports for these people.
He said these immigrants mostly came from southern Philippines, and now, that region was progressing well.
Meanwhile, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) information chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the current government has tricked the people as they never mentioned the PSS in their election promises.
The Kiulu assemblyman quoted how Warisan ended up retaining projects like Pan Borneo Highway, Tanjung Aru Eco Development and the dam formerly known as Kaiduan Dam, which they earlier rejected.
“The Chief Minister should also not hold the state finance portfolio, and no political appointments in government-linked companies – but still we see these going on,” he stressed.
Joniston believed there are members within Warisan, DAP and Upko who do not agree with the PSS issue themselves but were only following their leaders’ cue.
Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan cautioned how issuing the pass that could reach up to 600,000 immigrant holders, would open up security risks as some might be informants or linked to terrorist groups like the Islamic State or Abu Sayyaf.
Former Kimanis MP and ex-foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman warned that PSS holders would become citizens sooner or later.
“This would make them eligible to become voters, and the power to decide for all constituencies will be taken over from the ‘original Sabahans’,” he said.