Wee: Opposition plays a role in ensuring proper governance


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: Sabah's decision to shelve the implementation of the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) shows the importance of having a proper check-and-balance system in place, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

"It is important to have a check and balance system for the ruling government. Opposition parties have a crucial role to play in ensuring the government administration is in order," the MCA president said in a Facebook post.

He also thanked Kimanis voters for their support which saw Barisan Nasional winning the parliamentary by-election on Jan 18, with its candidate Datuk Mohamad Alamin garnering 12,706 votes against Parti Warisan Sabah's Datuk Karim Bujang's 10,677 votes.

The PSS is a document that would have replaced three existing documents – IMM13, Burung-Burung card and the Census Certificate – issued to refugees or inland foreigners in the state.

While the Warisan-led state government said it would resolve Sabah's decades-old migrant problem, Barisan argued that the document could be used as a tool to give citizenship to foreigners.

On Wednesday (Jan 22), Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal announced that the state government had listened to the people and cancelled the planned PSS.

Shafie said he would inform the Home Ministry on the state's decision.

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