DAP labelled Kadazans as illegal immigrant
March 20, 2013: A complainant from Taman Public near Kota Kinabalu is
unhappy that her mother and sister were labelled as illegal immigrants by
an article that appeared in a political news media recently.
Rosaria Michael, 42, said they are Kadazans from Penampang, and approached
Likas assemblyman and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president
Datuk Liew Teck Chan for help to clear the names of her mother, Bernadette
Poya Sobinting, sister Margaret Michael, 49, and cousin Rosina Mudin, 51,
who are tobacco vendors in Donggongon township.
Since the vendors are from Donggongon, Penampang, Liew brought them to
SAPP Moyog office where SAPP Moyog CLC chairman Aloysius D Siap organized
a meeting with them.
During the meeting on March 18, the spokesperson for the group, Margaret,
said after reading the news from Ubah Sabah last month entitled "Cahaya
Baru Untuk Siapa?" that appeared in DAP's January 2013 issue, she said she
could not sleep as she, her mother and cousin had been labelled as illegal
Their photos, taken in Donggongon and captioned as PATI, appeared in the
"We came to complain as we are strongly against being labelled as illegal
immigrants and we chose SAPP to clear our names.
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"Why are we being labelled as illegal immigrants when we are Kadazans,
born and bred in Kampung Tulung Inobong and Kampung Tanaki, Penampang?
"We are very disappointed with DAP state secretary and Moyog divisional
head Dr Edwin Bosi for not refuting the statement from their publication.
He, being a Kadazan, should have put things right and defended us but he
did not. My friends are making fun of us, which is embarrassing.
"This is the problem with peninsula-based parties like DAP which does not
know the difference between the locals and the illegal immigrants. They
are labelling us KDMs as illegal immigrants and to us this is against our
culture and tantamount to harassing us," she said.
According to Margaret, her mother has been operating her tobacco business
in Donggongon for the past 20 years.
"I myself have been selling tobacco in Donggongon for the past six years,"
she said, adding that a police report would be made on the matter.
Present at the meeting were Liew, Aloysius, SAPP information chief Chong
Pit Fah, SAPP Moyog Women chief Martina Libasa, SAPP Moyog secretary
Francis Mojikon, Wilfred Gaban, Danny Tan and David KS Ng.
Margaret and Rosina then proceeded to the Penampang police station to make
a police report.