KOTA KINABALU: The re-registration or recalling of identity cards issued in Sabah and the proposal to introduce a special IC for Malaysians in in the State is commendable.
Komulakan UPKO Chief, Ewon Benedick said the proposal which was announced by Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah, Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan upon receiving his appointment letter as the Chairman of the technical committee on illegal immigrants in Sabah has utmost merit to resolve the long overdue issue in the state.
“Since the announcement was made by the Chairman, I believe that the proposal is also the official stand of the committee and the Government must implement without further ado what I termed as the only acceptable solution to this issue. I am glad that Tan Sri Pairin is committed and showed his leadership through this committee. We definitely are looking forward to see the Government is as committed as him in resolving this issue,” he said.
Ewon who is also UPKO Kota Belud Chief called for solidarity in support to Pairin among genuine Sabahan to endure the task and uncompromisingly lead the committee with his strongest principle and political will.
“Rejection to his proposal will define how much value the Government put on Pairin. As long as I’m the UPKO Komulakan Chief and Kota Belud Chief, I will support him for this. UPKO has been consistent on this issue and the minimum solution that we can accept is recalling of all ICs issued in Sabah,” he further said.
Ewon was met by reporters after closing the Basic Fire Safety Course organised by the Fire and Rescue Services Department for Tataba Kadamaian Youth comprised of UPKO, PBS and PBRS members in Kota Kinabalu today.
He also opined that the technical committee must not be seen as a committee of public servant as it only comprises head of departments, but should also include the Sabah based parties to better strengthen its political will for definite solution.
According to Ewon, Sabah BN has formed a committee on illegal immigrants which was chaired by Pairin himself and he suggested that the committee be joined together with the technical committee.
“There have been many similar committees in the past and we cannot afford to see another mere rhetoric. We thanked the Government for its commitment in establishing the Commission of Inquiry for which its report has been made public and we aspires to see another commitment for the real solution on the ground, and not on papers,” he said in conclusion.- Sayangsabah