Sabah polls: Warisan Plus leaders warn Sabahans against illegal immigrant rhetoric in campaigns

KOTA KINABALU: As the campaign period for the Sabah polls enters its second day, voters have been urged to be cautious when dealing with the opposition tactic of claiming that Warisan Plus leaders are friendly to illegal immigrants

Upko vice-president Datuk Ewon Benedict said that the opposition has continuously painted Warisan Plus leaders as being friendly with illegal immigrants, a claim he called baseless.

He claimed that the complex issue of illegal immigrants was always raised by the opposition to incite Sabahans into withdrawing their support for Warisan Plus leaders.

Ewon said that throughout his experience as the state rural development minister, discussions on how to address the complex issue of illegal immigrants were continuously discussed in state Cabinet meetings every Wednesday.

“If there is a discussion in Cabinet about giving advantages to illegal immigrants in Sabah, I will be the first one to fight this to the end, but there have not been any discussions regarding the matter, ” he said during his speech in Kampung Tambulion in Kadamaian on Monday (Sept 14).

Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal also warned his detractors not to go overboard in their allegations, in response to those who branded Warisan as a “PTI” (illegal immigrants) party.

“My grandmothers and ancestors’ graves are in Semporna, not Japan. I don’t want to talk about this, but don’t go overboard when insulting and belittling me, ” he said during a programme in Kunak on Monday.

Shafie said that he is of Bajau ancestry and had served as a deputy defence minister in the past, adding that the post of the deputy defence minister would not be given to an illegal immigrant.

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