KOTA KINABALU: Sepanggar Member of Parliament Datuk Azis Jamman regrets that PBS leaders have twisted his statement about the proposal to gazette long existing villages in his constituency.
The Deputy Home Minister said this time, it was PBS Supreme Council member Datuk William Majimbun who accused him of insulting the natives who have been residing in the identified villages since all this while.
“Once again a PBS leader is trying to twist my statement. I believe Majimbun has to read my statement all the way to the end as it clearly addressed the accusation that was made by PBS leader Datuk Johnny Mositun.
“It was Mositun who claimed that the majority of the villagers in the 18 proposed villagers are illegal immigrants. When he made this claim, I asked him if he was referring to the 18 villages as the residents there are mostly Kadazan, Dusun and Murut,” he said.
“As the Sepanggar Member of Parliament, I made my statement as I wanted to urge the government to gazette the villagers identified by City Hall. This is because City Hall would have identified those residing in these villages and made sure that they are Malaysians who are also Sabahans,” he explained.
Azis stressed that his statement was clear on that fact and that villages which have been identified by City Hall to be resided by illegal immigrants must not be included in the list (of villages to be gazetted).
“In fact I personally instructed City Hall to demolish houses in my constituency which were resided by illegal immigrants. Not only that, the Police and Immigration Department have conducted several operations in Sepanggar in order to weed out illegal immigrants,” he said.
According to Azis, going by the statements of the PBS leaders about the issue, it gives weight to allegations by a former party leader who joined Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) that PBS is a party which lies and twists facts.
“My advice to PBS leaders is to stop lying and accept the fact that the party had failed, not only in administrating the state when in power but also as a party which champions the fate of the KDM community as you failed to gazette the land for them,” said the Warisan Youth Movement chief.
PBS, Azis claimed, was trying to be a ‘hero’ by lying and twisting facts when it is Warisan that has struggled to gazette these lands and give it to deserving Sabah folks.
He added that the present Warisan-led Sabah government, in comparison with the PBS government, had approved and handed more land to the KDM community.
“This was proven when Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal approved and gave land titles to the KDM community in Keningau, Tenom, Pensiangan and other districts in Sabah.
“This shows Shafie’s sincerity in ensuring that Sabahans own land, which is something they have been denied for ages when Sabah was under the Barisan Nasional,” he said.