RANAU: A Cabinet Paper on the issuance of Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) to illegal immigrants in Sabah is expected to be tabled in the state Cabinet early next year, said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
Madius said the tabling would be made after a roundtable discussion with the National Security Council (MKN) was held recently over measures that should be taken before the implementation of PSS on June 1 next year.
He said the roundtable discussion had allowed the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) to obtain clear information on the matter, adding that it would want the people to understand that the PSS introduction was aimed at addressing illegal immigrants in the state.
"It must be seen from two angles, namely, indeed there are illegals in Sabah and that is clear.
"If they are illegals, those detained will be sent (to their countries of origin) without compromise. But there are also those in Sabah with ‘permission’, namely, Philippines' war refugees who were here since the 70s.
"As such, discussions and issues should not be focused only on PSS but how to find a complete solution on their presence here," he said.
He said this to reporters after attending an UPKO Christmas Open House at the Ranau Community Hall, here today.
Madius, who is also UPKO president, said, after so long, the problem was becoming complex.
He said the federal government had also been asked to come up with a Cabinet paper if there was a need to create certain regulations to tackle the issue.
On Sept 6, the Committee on the Management of Foreign Nationals had agreed to issue PSS from June 1, 2020 to replace three types of documents issued to long-staying foreigners in Sabah, namely, 1MM13, census certificate and Kad Burung-Burung. -- Bernama