KINABALU: The Sabah and Federal governments should assertively pursue with
the new administration of the Philippines in seeking a lasting solution to
the State's illegal immigrant problem, said former Chief Minister Datuk
Yong Teck Lee.
on the installation of Gloria Arroyo as the new President of the
Philippines, Yong noted that as Vice President, she was responsible for
the social programmes in the Southern Philippines, including the
resettlement and re-integration of illegal immigrants who had been
repatriated from Malaysia.
programmes include job creation, housing and social safety net. Such
reintegration programmes would undoubtedly help Malaysia's efforts to
ensure the return of illegals to the Philippines," he said.
who is also SAPP President and Gaya MP, however, observed that the new
Philippine President had made a declaration of "bold national
ambitions" as the first of her four core values.
should exercise more diplomacy and Asean spirit in understanding this
declaration of the new Philippine President," Yong cautioned.
is in view of the recent history (1961-1965) when her father, the then
Philippine President, Diosdado Macapagal, reactivated the Philippine claim
on Sabah," he explained.