PBS failed test of authority and accountability

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Martin Tommy
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has failed the test of “authority and accountability” in regard to the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah.
Warisan Supreme Council member Martin Tommy said PBS Information Chief Jahid Jahim should ask his former president, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan as to what happened to the Royal Commission Inquiry (RCI) Report on illegal immigrants.
“He (Pairin) was supposed to make known the report but until today he has kept it close to his chest for reason only best known to him. Why are PBS leaders such as Jahid not pursuing the matter?”
He said in response to Jahid’s statement on the issue of illegal immigrants.
Martin said PBS, whose core struggle is to champion the issue of Illegal immigrants, had been given the chance to prove itself to the Sabahans through the appointment of Pairin as chairman of the Royal Commission Inquiry (RCI) Technical Committee but failed to impress or deliver to the satisfaction of the local people.
Recently, Jahid  had hit out at the Warisan-led Sabah government for issuing MyKads to illegal immigrants in the State.
In rebuttal to his allegation against Warisan Permanent Chairman cum Law Minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong that he had allegedly issued Mykads to people at his service centre in Batu Sapi, Martin said that it reflects Jahid’s immaturity and inability to understand the procedure on how a Mykad can be issued to an applicant.
“If he has been diligent enough and not been too ignorant, he would know that only the National Registration Department (NRD) has the authority to do so after vetting all the necessary documentation,” he said, adding that no one including Liew has the authority to do so.
“For the record, he (Liew) had denied that his service centre had offered any service for issuance of any Mykads for anyone,” he said adding that a police report has been lodged against such unfounded allegation, he added.
Martin went on to  say that Jahid is also worried about Warisan Deputy President cum International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Darell Leiking’s statement because he knows it is the truth that Warisan has never known to have given any Mykads to illegal immigrants.
“The allegation by Jahid that the NRD at scene of fire soon afterward is a very serious allegation,” he said adding he (Jahid) should make a police report .
“if not I will report against him and let police investigate his allegation.”
Towards this end, Martin said Jahid was merely trying to make himself and PBS relevant when it was obvious that the people in Sabah had rejected PBS in the last election.-pr/BNN