Sabah is blessed with rich natural resources, be it deep under the seabed or far flung rural areas. This Land Below the Wind is the mother of oil production. Though the source of this resources, Sabah (because it is one of the State that enable the formation of the Federation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963) happily share her wealth with the other States.Oil revenue all goes to Kuala Lumpur, only five per cent return to Kota Kinabalu.`
Sabah is an example of `willing to share with others' and when Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok called for other States to share with Sabah the placement of Filipino refugees (who will be given Permanent Residence status, he should be supported by his other collegues in the Federal Cabinet as well as leaders in Sabah.
Dompok said the Federal Government should place these would be PR refugees in places like Perlis and Johor `and see how the people there react.'
The Sabah Government issued temporary documents to refugees from the Philippines when they arrived between 1976 and 1985. The Federal Government's Special Task Force had issued some 61,000 temporary regugees temporary visit called IMM13.
Another Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz had told Parliament that these IMM13 holders would be given PR status.
Sabah has enough of social problem related to the hugh numbers of illegal immigrants and its time that other States, too, share the burden. Afterall sharing is the Barisan Nasional's policy.