Sabah rally on illegal immigrants probed under assembly law

M Chandra (centre) said two police reports were lodged against the gathering dubbed “Black Sunday 3.0”, which saw about 70 people clad in black at Lintasan Deasoka here yesterday. — Picture by Julia Chan
M Chandra (centre) said two police reports were lodged against the gathering dubbed “Black Sunday 3.0”, which saw about 70 people clad in black at Lintasan Deasoka here yesterday. — Picture by Julia Chan

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 19 — The police are investigating a gathering here yesterday on the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah for allegedly not providing notice under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

City police chief M Chandra said that two reports were lodged by the police against the gathering, dubbed “Black Sunday 3.0”, which saw about 70 people clad in black at Lintasan Deasoka here yesterday

“Following the two police reports, investigation will be carried out under Section 9 (5) of the Public Assembly Act 2015,” he said, adding that the organiser(s) of the Black Sunday 3.0 would be called up to give their statement to the police,” he told reporters yesterday.

Chandra added that the gathering, which began about 10am yesterday, was jointly organised by opposition parties Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), Sabah STAR, Parti Cinta Sabah and United Sabah Alliance.

According to a press statement issued by the gathering’s organising chairman Paul Chong, Black Sunday 3.0 was organised by a non-governmental organisation called Solidariti Rakyat (Sorak) who had three demands – quicker results and action from the technical committee from the Sabah Royal Commission of Inquiry, an absolute solution to rid Sabah of illegal immigrants and the re-issuance of Sabah ICs in accordance with existing laws as soon as possible.

“We also urge the federal government to give full powers to the chairman of the RCI Technical Committee, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, to resolve the illegal immigrant problem following the RCI findings.

“As we all know, Tan Sri Pairin who was formerly Chief Minister of Sabah, and now holds the position of Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah, should have no problem because he has enough experience in the issuance of the proposed Sabah IC,” Chong was quoted saying.

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