Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has denied having allowed a large number of Filipinos to enter the country, particularly Sabah, when governing the state for almost 10 years beginning 1985.

Commenting on Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar’s allegation on the matter published in the New Straits Times today, PBS chief information officer Johnny Mositun said the statement was incorrect and misleading.

Syed Hamid was quoted as saying “During the time of PBS (Parti Bersatu Sabah), they allowed many Filipinos into the country”.

In rebutting the allegation, Mositun said PBS president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan who was Sabah chief minister at that time, was not even allowed to hold the post of state security council chairman.

Instead, Mositun said PBS lodged numerous reports with the police, Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), National Registration Department (NRD) and the Election Commission over the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah and the methods by which these transient migrants obtained their Malaysian citizenship.

“As such, the Government must probe this matter professionally and thoroughly so that the country’s security and sovereignty are not jeopardised,” he said in a statement here today.

Foreigners who wished to become Malaysian citizens must go through the proper procedures and apply according to the country’s laws and constitution, he said.

“Otherwise, there is no point in having constitution and country laws. Getting citizenship through dubious means also contradicts the Rukun Negara,” he added.

In this respect, Mositun urged the Government to cancel all citizenships which were obtained using false statutory declarations.

— BERNAMA