Don’t ask ‘stupid’ questions, Ongkili tells Leiking

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Maximus Ongkili says he does not have to name the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party involved in giving identification cards (ICs) to undocumented migrants, telling Warisan’s Darell Leiking not to ask “stupid” questions.

The Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president said Leiking already knew which BN party was involved in the matter because it was revealed in the report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on undocumented migrants in Sabah, which was formed under the Najib Razak administration.

“The Penampang MP should go read up the RCI’s findings. Everything is stated there. So, he shouldn’t ask stupid questions,” he told reporters at the sidelines of the PBS annual general meeting here.

Yesterday, Ongkili, who is also Sabah and Sarawak affairs minister, claimed that a component party in BN had given Malaysian ICs to undocumented migrants in Sabah in exchange for their votes.

Without mentioning the party’s name, he said its involvement in using undocumented migrants for its own political interests had been proven by the RCI.

In response, Leiking, Warisan’s deputy president, called for Ongkili to reveal the name of the BN party involved, while praising the minister for “finally admitting” that this had occurred.

Meanwhile, Ongkili said the BN party’s actions had posed a threat to Sabah’s sovereignty, adding that PBS had lodged complaints and police reports on the matter but no action had been taken.

The Kota Marudu MP said PBS hoped the issue of undocumented migrants in Sabah could be resolved following the establishment of a committee at the state level, chaired by deputy chief minister Jeffrey Kitingan.

“We hope that GRS (Gabungan Rakyat Sabah) will continue this effort and that every recommendation is implemented immediately for the prosperity and security of our state.

“We also hope that all findings by the committee will be presented at the MA63 special council in order to make relevant recommendations to the Cabinet,” he said. – FMT


Earlier reports:

Jul 1, Name BN party in ‘IC for votes’ scandal, Leiking tells Ongkili

Jun 30, Ongkili: BN party gave ICs to migrants to get votes