Filipinos refugees holding IMM13 in Sabah will eventually be given Permanent Resident status in Malaysia, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz told Parliament on Monday.
He said this was part of of the long-term plan of the Government that in the end Filipino refugees holding genuine IMM13 documents would become PRs in Malaysia.
According to the Minister, there are about 15,000 IMM13 holders in Sabah but there are those who are holders of a census cards.
The Minister also said that the Government aknowledged that these refugees do cause problems in Sabah but `a lot of Malaysians who are genuinely citizens of the country who are also causing a lot of problems.'
In relation to this, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, also on Monday, said he would get details from the State Secretary of Filipinos turning up at Menara Tun Mustapha (Yayasan Sabah Building) to apply for temporary visit passes.
Just what will these latest move affact the livelihood of the people in Sabah. Will those turning up at Menara Tun Mustapha be eventually absorbed into the `IMM13' group of Filipinos. We knew about Filipinos and Indonesians listed as voters in the electoral rolls and had voted in elections. Will we see mote phantom voters? I am inclined to believe that, as Datuk Seri Musa had indicated, the general elections will be held before the year end.