Warisan must prove that it has no connection to illegal immigrants, says PBS


KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah wants Parti Warisan to prove that the party does not back illegal immigrants (PTI), says Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

The PBS president made the call, saying that Warisan should show proof that it is not connected to PTI.

“A denial alone is not sufficient. They must prove to us that they do not have the backing of PTI,” he said.

He was responding to Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s recent statement that he was threatening to sue Ongkili for defamation after Ongkili accused Warisan of being PTI-friendly.

“Frankly, I was just reiterating what was written in blogs and raised by the public, who have been continuously questioning the authenticity and status of some of Warisan’s members. They are asking whether these members are original Sabahans,” said Ongkili.

“I believe, at this point, Warisan has the task to prove us wrong ... a denial alone is not sufficient, it must come up with proof,” he said.

Ongkili was reported to have said this in his speech during a Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) tour of the interior Tenom district on Saturday (Oct 22), where he also said PBS was not ready to work with Warisan.

He allegedly said PBS was not prepared to work with Warisan because most of Warisan’s grassroots members were PTI.

Previously, Shafie, who hails from the Semporna district, had said that the illegal immigrant issue had been used against Warisan for every election.

He said the party’s political enemies had too often associated the party as being friendly to "pendatang tanpa izin" (unauthorised or undocumented immigrants) or PTI when it clearly was not.

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