PENAMPANG: Parti Warisan Sabah leaders believe that STAR president, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan is trying hard to deny the reality that the new government is doing its best to serve the people and as such he therefore is forced to resort to wild allegations.
His propensity to twist and turn even positive actions that are good for the state into something sinister is indicative of a desperate mind, said Honorsius Alfred Bosuin, the Director of Communications of Parti Warisan Sabah.
“Gapari likes to hurl all kinds of accusations and make crazy claims but where is the proof to support his statements?” he asked, soon after lodging a report at the Penampang police station here on Sunday night.
In the report, Honorsius urged police to investigate an article being shared on social media entitled “Jeffrey questions Shafie’s Motives for Mobilizing JPN on each visit” saying that it had slandered the Chief Minister and his cabinet ministers by accusing them of issuing identity cards to illegal immigrants and therefore creating incitement.
“Gapari sees a ghost in everyone who represents the Parti Warisan-Pakatan Harapan government at state and federal levels by constantly looking at their actions with suspicion saying that they have some hidden agenda,” said Honorsius.
“His latest shot in the dark while being blindfolded is his accusation of the Parti Warisan-Pakatan Harapan government’s actions through the National Registration Department (JPN).”
He pointed out that the Courts also provided assistance at the event in Keningau by despatching its Mobile Court to help people who are eligible to obtain the necessary identification documents.
Nevertheless, Gapari persisted in twisting the issue by inciting people to believe that the government under Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Mohd Shafie Hj Apdal was the master mind of another IC Projek, said Honorsius in his police report
Meanwhile, MP Goviind, the chairman of Parti Warisan Sabah’s MA63 Bureau, who lodged a similar report at the same police station, said it was necessary to register immigrants in Sabah and gather accurate information on them before the State government could formulate short, middle and long-term plans to deal with the controversial issue of illegal immigrants.
“Gapari has conveniently brushed aside Sabah’s historical facts concerning this matter,” Goviind said after making his police report.
“Past state administrations found the need to undertake such exercises although it was known by different names then.”
Datuk Yong Teck Lee called it the Regularisation Programme in 1997 while Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat did a similar programme but under a different brand.
Such exercises were also carried out during the PBS administration when Gapari headed its think tank.
Goviind said such exercises resulted in giving the government valuable data not only on illegals from Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Pakistan but also on the number of foreign workers in the State.
“Without such exercises that must be supported directly by the Federal government through its departments and agencies, how can Gapari expect the new Warisan-PH government to start serious action on this issue that he pretends to champion?
“It is time for Gapari to discard his blindfold and start to look at realities with a clear mind and not a twisted one,” Govind added.-SabahNewsToday.