Sabah govt scraps PSS

Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (centre) at a press conference in Kota Kinabalu Wednesday.

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Cabinet has decided that plans to introduce the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) will be scrapped.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said Parti Warisan Sabah’s defeat in the Kimanis parliamentary by-election was a sign from the constituents that they did not want the PSS approved.

The Warisan chief said he would seek a meeting with the Home Ministry next week to inform them of the state Cabinet’s decision as the PSS implementation was under the ministry’s purview.

“The state Cabinet has decided that the PSS be cancelled.

“This is after listening to the voice of the people, not only in Kimanis, but all those who spoke against it.

“We will inform the ministry to cancel this PSS plan slated for June.

“Warisan also accepts the decision of Kimanis constituents and we will continue our services in the constituency as pledged, ” he told a press conference yesterday.

Asked if the PSS would be replaced, Shafie said this would depend on the Home Ministry.

“The state government will continue with its role to manage illegal immigrants as how we are capable of doing.

“We will listen to the ministry on other proposals, ” he added.

The PSS, which is aimed at standardising three different immigrant documents – IMM13, Burung-Burung card and the Census Certificate, was greatly attributed to Warisan’s loss in the by-election last weekend.

Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Mohamad Alamin beat Warisan’s Datuk Karim Bujang with a 2,029-vote majority.

Shafie also said no one should be blamed for the by-election loss except Warisan.

“Warisan is responsible for whatever decision taken by Kimanis folk. Don’t blame (Bersatu chairman) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad; he has nothing to do with the by-election in Sabah, he was not around.

“Warisan was the one which contested, not Bersatu, so we take responsibility, ” he added.

On Tuesday, DAP’s Ramkarpal Singh said that Dr Mahathir, as the head of government, must take responsibility for the five by-election defeats, which included the Kimanis loss, since GE14.

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