Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Puzzled over call by Max

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) described the call by Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili urging the State and Federal governments to recall Identity Cards or MyKads as "an insult to the intelligence of Sabahans".

SAPP Deputy President Edward Dagul remarked that Dr Maximus had conveniently forgotten that he is currently a senior minister in the Federal Government.

"It is difficult for Sabahans to believe that Maximus had not consulted with his Federal Cabinet members, especially the Prime Minister to recall the MyKads in Sabah as an exercise to rid Sabah of illegal immigrants before making the call via the press.

"Are we to believe that as a senior minister within the Federal Cabinet, he cannot directly consult the Prime Minister on this? Is Maximus telling his constituency members that the Prime Minister has chosen to ignore Sabah's illegal immigrant quagmire?

"As the call was made in front of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) members and supporters, has Maximus forgotten that his own Party President, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan has yet to make public his committee's report on the RCI despite various promises to do so?," Dagul asked.

Since the failure by the Technical Working Committee on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah to make public the committee's full report last year, he said various political parties as well as NGOs have questioned the integrity of the committee, headed by Pairin.

"Was Maximus sending a subliminal message to Sabahans that his party President failed in his obligations?

Sabahans will find this call a little too unpalatable coming from Maximus. To many, this was all a show, a 'wayang kulit' to hoodwink the people that PBS and Barisan Nasional (BN) have the political will to rid Sabah of illegal immigrants," Dagul said.


Source - Daily Express