Although the action of banning entry for citizens of Sarawak and Sabah to work in the Republic of Singapore is the right of that country to do so however, it could worsen the existing present bilateral relations between Singapore and Malaysia.
Member of Parliament for Santubong Datuk Dr Haji Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that although is the right of Singapore as an Independent Republic to ban whoever they do not wish to enter their country on security aspect, they (Singapore) should had studied the matter further before taking drastic action.
“Banning Sarawakian and Sabahan working in the Republic based on their age is really unfair as branding the Borneons are trouble-makers without making the effort of filtering them,” said Junaidi to reporters at the Majlis Ramah Tamah Aidil Fitri Taman Mesra Bako, Demak Laut near the city on Tuesday evening.
He was asked to comment on the recent action taken by Singapore banning all the Bumiputeras from Sarawak and Sabah aged 35-year and below to work at the Republic on the ground that “they are trouble makers and nuisance.”
“If Singapore really wants to prevent hooligans and criminals from Malaysia entering their Island, they can coorperate with our police or immigration filtering them from entering the Republic rather than simply blanketing those under 35-years-old.”
When asked what is the best solution to overcome this matter, Junaidi said that the proper thing to do is for the Sarawak and Malaysia Government to meet with the Singaporean Counsul to discuss more on this matter.
Earlier in his speech, Junaidi reminded the occupants of the housing estate not to simply just sell heir house despite of the high prizes that might be offered to them as their “Rumah Mesra Rakyat” is a government housing scheme meant to help people with low and medium income to own their own houses.
“The house owners needs to pay only one third of the actual cost of the house while two third of cots of the house will be absorb by the government and this is ane deal in a life time as no one can have the second opportunity to own a Rumah Mersa Rakyat.”
Junaidi, who is also the Deputy Speaker of Parliament was accompanied by his wife Datin Hajah Feona Sim Abdullah to the gathering which was attended by more than 100 occupants from Taman Mesra bako and several villages nearby the area.
The gathering was jointly organised Taman Mesra Bako villagers with Suruhanjaya Koperasi Malaysia Sarawak and various other association from the area and among those present at gathering were Demak Laut Assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, the event’s Chairman Dollah Harun and others.