KOTA KINABALU, Sun,- Gaya member of
parliament Datuk Yong Teck Lee said public notion that the federal
government is silently "marginalizing" Sabahans or Barisan
Nasional politicians were part of the "great conspiracy"
has a basis.
Yong told reporters today that the
perception, right or wrong, is not the issue, but was formed for a
good reason and was a result of what the people see happening around
them, notably the "slow" tackling of the increasing number
of illegal immigrants in Sabah.
"After 30 years of illegals
refugees who are part of the Project IC by a former Chief Minister
and these illegals are moving around (in the state), we cannot help
the public perception of official connivance or neglect over the
Yong did not name the former Chief
Minister. 'Project IC' was about the alleged federal government's in
issuing Malaysian identity cards to foreigners to be its "vote
Past evidence pointed to convicted
Filipino illegals telling to courts the security the government
under the organized "project", regarded by locals as the
" I mean if the people feel
the state and federal government are not doing enough or even worse,
are part of the official conspiracy, I think the perception has been
formed from what they see around us," Yong said at Sabah
Progressive Party's (SAPP) weekly mobile service centre at Gaya
" But I don't think we are
marginalizing Sabahans, " the former Chief Minister and
incumbent Likas assemblyman said.
Yong added: "These are the
same issues we have pointed out in our official memoranda to both
government, that the increased presence of illegals roaming around
without any control undermines the government and the rule of law.
Because people ask how can this happen?"
the state was dragging its feet in tackling the huge illegal
squatters on Gaya island, which is among the five gazzetted national
parks island, he said: "SAPP wants to see more political will
and bigger impact and tangible results" from the government and
the enforcement authorities against both the illegal immigrants and
" Of course this remain a
serious problem. If not, the Chief Minister would not have made the
illegals as his number one priority (to be handled during his two
year term)," he said.
SAPP had asserted that unless the
forced relocation of the islanders to areas on the mainland was very
comprehensive and assured of success, moving them to proposed sites
like Telipok would bring about bigger "headaches" to
"The solution to the Gaya
island squatters should be part of the overall repatriation of
illegals or refugees plus a reduction in the number of foreign
workers in Sabah," said Yong.
" The solution should not be a
bigger problem to another locality but a part of the bigger
comprehensive work," he reiterated.