KINABALU, February 14, 2016:
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) reiterates its stand in insisting that none of the 1.5 million
Bangladeshi workers be allowed into Sabah and that the PTI problems
plaguing the State be resolved urgently.
The call made by Edward Dagul,
SAPP Deputy President, in a press statement yesterday, was in response to
the recent comments by the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid
Hamidi in defending the government’s decision to recruit 1.5 million
workers from Bangladesh.
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Further describing the move as unfathomable to point of ridiculous, Edward
points out that there are so many factors that needs due consideration
before even contemplating such a move.
“We are talking about 1.5 million people, not a mere 1,500 workers. For
starters, can they speak Bahasa Melayu or English? The societal and
cultural difference between Bangladeshis and us are too many. I fear that
their vast presence may negatively impact our already seemingly fragile
Malaysian social fabric.”
“If the decision to bring these Bangladeshi workers in was to ‘meet the
request of various industrial sectors’, it would have been wise to only
bring the ‘right horse for the right course’. It is preposterous to lump
demand from the plantation, manufacturing, construction sector and say
that only workers from Bangladesh can do all these jobs. Are there even
palm oil plantations in Bangladesh?” Edward further inquired.
“We have not yet resolved the (PTI) illegal immigrant problem in Sabah and
there is no need to drag us into with another potential problem.”
“What has happened to the RCI on the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah`s
working committee report? How much longer do Sabahans have to wait? The
longer Sabahans are made to wait, the longer we are denied of the right to
feel secure in our own home. As a matter of Sabah priority, resolve the
PTI issue in Sabah”, concluded Edward.