Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said NO to holders of IMM13 or Filipino refugees in the State to be automatically given Permanent Residence (PR) status. He wants the Federal Government to consult Sabah Government should the former move into that direction.
Application for a PR in Sabah has to be sumbitted to the Immigration Department who willl forward them to the Chief Minister for consideration of approval. In other word, the power of granting a PR status to foreingers lies with the Chief Minister. He who has the power to approve also have the power to revoke, I stand to be corrected.If Musa's statement is to be read in totality, not only Filipino refugees but foreigners (wives of locals included) will not be eligible for a PR status.
Having said that, it will be interesting to know how many foreigners had been given PR status so far. Together we wait and see.