BEAUFORT: Parti Warisan Sabah has been accused of using the "blame game" to convince people to accept the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) instead of providing facts and proof.
According to opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) vice-president Datuk Johnny Mositun, Warisan claimed that the PSS is a continuation of the former government's recommendations via the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants.
He said that Warisan had also blamed Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan for the recommendations, and even pulled out notes of the Management Technical Committee on Immigrants Meeting chaired by Pairin on March 14,2016, to allegedly mislead the people.
"That meeting only recorded the recommendations from the various government departments and agency heads to the main committee for consideration and action," he said.
Mositun said it was the prerogative of the main committee headed by the then chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman to act on all or any of those recommendations and findings in part or whole.
He said Pairin's responsibilities ended there, and it was not even PSS that was recommended, but a Resident Pass which was only intended for the IMM13 documents held by Filipino refugees.
"Nowhere is it indicated that cards of three-years tenure, renewable infinitely are recommended," he said in a statement on Friday (Jan 17).
The PSS is proposed to be issued for IMM13, Burung-Burung certificates and Census card holders.
Burung-Burung and Census card holders are believed to be the families of the refugees and the stateless.
PBS in supporting Pairin's stand to oppose the PSS, said the party would not be deterred in any way, including by threats or inducements, to change its stance on the matter.
Mositun said the people could see through the Warisan-Pakatan Harapan agenda clearly, and now it was resorting to gimmicks and distorting facts to hide its hidden agenda.
He described Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal's challenge to Pairin to sue him as "antics" to avoid answering questions with hard facts, and legal and constitutional provisions to back his claims.
On Thursday (Jan 16), Shafie hit back at Pairin, claiming that there are minutes of a meeting which indicated that Barisan Nasional discussed a Sabah temporary resident pass back in 2016.
He further challenged Pairin, who had called him a liar, to sue him if what he said about the meeting details and the PSS were untrue.
Shafie, in refuting Pairin's claims that the past government never proposed such a pass, said the contents of the minutes were clear.
"I know the minutes took place, even the content is clear. We did not make it up," he told reporters after launching a Unifi telecommunications event at the open hall in Bongawan town.
Asked if sufficient information was distributed to Kimanis constituents to fully understand the PSS issue ahead of the parliamentary constituency by-election, Shafie said talks with the people on the ground revealed that they were more concerned about local needs than the PSS.
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