Dato Chew Kok Woh

SANDAKAN: The announcement by Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on the issuance of Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) to foreign nationals residing in the State commencing June next year, has raised concerns among genuine Sabahans.

 Muhyiddin disclosed to media on the move to issue the PSS after chairing the Committee on the Management of Foreign Nationals meeting in Kota Kinabalu on Friday which was also attended by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal.

 As it the norm that we do need this labour work force in Sabah. However, most Sabahans are worried that the issuance of PSS would eventually lead to an immediate approval to Malaysian citizenship, MCA Batu Sapi Division chairman Dato Chew Kok Woh said in a statement on Saturday in response to the decision to issue the PSS to foreign nationals in Sabah.

 Let us not be happy to collect the RM120 per person for 3 years but in the end the genuine citizens of Sabah and Malaysia will be at the losing end. I also wonder what  is the stand of our State Cabinet Ministers and elected representatives on this matter, Chew added.

 “I sincerely hope that this process be make transparent to avoid any abuse of power and position by the approving authorities,” he said.

 According to the reports there are 600,000 individuals holding IMM13 , Kad Burung-Burung and the census certificate. They will be issued with the PSS following registration, but I still wonder why are they not immediately send home to their country upon being detained, Chew said.

 “PH government has been telling Malaysians, the country has no money or financial means but yet they are generous and have the ability to foot the registration exercise cost, workforce, overtime and cost on the issuance of PSS,” Chew further said.

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