January 7, 2016: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has asked Tan Sri Pairin
to dissolve the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) Technical Working
Committee on illegal immigrants in Sabah.
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The call was made after the Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of the RCI
Technical Working Committee, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, vowed, yet
again to the media yesterday that the report of the committee will be
ready by this year.
"It is hard for the people of Sabah to accept that the report takes more
than a year to complete”, said Edward Dagul, SAPP`s Deputy President.
“This is not a new issue. These illegal immigrant problems and other
associated issues have been there for decades. Tan Sri Pairin, being a
former Chief Minister, should have all these facts and figures at his
fingertips or at least within his committee members reach” added Edward.
The Working Technical Committee was set up to compile feedbacks and to
provide recommendations on how to resolve this illegal immigrant problem.
This report would then be forwarded to the main committee. Tan Sri Pairin
had earlier said that the report would be ready for submission in July
2015, which did not happen. He later reportedly said that it would be
ready in December 2015, which again turned out to be another empty
"This is arguably the top issue Sabahans wants to resolve and yet there
seems to be a lack of urgency in resolving this PTI problem. It is with
this sense of urgency that the leaders of the United Sabah Alliance (USA)
or Gabungan Sabah met and presented views and recommendations to Tan Sri
Pairin and his committee as early as April 2015.” , Edward remarked.
Edward is despaired at the thought that maybe the RCI Technical Working
Committee, under the chair of Tan Sri Pairin, lacks the resolve to seek
closure on this issue. Playing the delaying tactic is not protecting the
sovereignty of the nation and definitely not for the interest of Sabah. If
that is the case, stop fooling us Sabahans and dissolve the technical
The Federal Government is duty bound to resolve this perennial problem
plaguing Malaysians in Sabah which also now adversely affects the
sovereignty of Malaysia as a nation. Rather than waiting and waiting for
Tan Sri Pairin, Sabahans deserve to have an answer from the Prime