Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Filipino Refugees

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Mohamed Nazri Aziz is coming to Sabah to explain to State leaders about his controversial statement about giving Permanent Residence status to Filipino Refugees. At first it was reported that he had requested Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman to see him in Kuala Lumpur (protocal wise this is wrong) but its the other way round now.

Musa had stated that Sabah was never consulted by Nazri or the Federal Government about giving the refugees in Sabah PR status. Nazri's statement did not go down well to Sabah leaders as well as the people of Sabah.

My Say:

Giving PR status to anyone in Sabah is a State matter, the Chief Minister's power. And it not easy to get one. I know of several Malaysians from other States whom I knew are still waiting for the outcome of their applications for PR. A member of Parliament is still waiting for his foreign wife to be accorded PR status eventhough she had been living in Sabah for a long time.

Nazri has a lot to explain on this matter. It was also this Minister who had said that the illegal immigrants was not a problem to Sabah. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say after all the PR status issue was voiced by Nazri in Parliament, it recorded in the hansard.

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