All parties should accept final decision over dissolution of Sabah State Assembly: Hamzah

08 Aug 2020 / 17:07 H.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (pix) today said all parties should accept whatever final decision is made with regard to the dissolution of the Sabah State Assembly.

Hamzah, who is also Home Minister, said if Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin had consented to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s request to dissolve the state assembly, then the decision must be respected.

“For me, it is a simple matter ... whatever happens, it needs to be resolved as soon as possible ... no matter what the decision is, what’s important is we need to look for a solution to determine the state leadership.

“If the state election takes place ... it is up to the parties in Sabah to fight and ensure the people accept them ... to me, the people have the right to determine the future of their state,“ he told reporters after a meeting with members of the Sabah People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) here today.

Asked about his recent meeting with Juhar, Hamzah said it was to discuss several matters including the future of Sabah.

“Tun Juhar and I are good friends, and we have known each other since the 1990s ... so there is nothing wrong for me to meet him and in terms of what was discussed in detail, let it remain between us.

“I am confident that Tun Juhar will not abuse his position, and as the Head of State let him be responsible for what he does,“ he added.

Meanwhile, on the status of the proposed IMM13 document to replace the Burung-burung Card and Census Certificate owned by migrants in Sabah, Hamzah said there was no timeframe set for the matter.

“We need to resolve the problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah as best we can. We need to plan to implement whatever action that can overcome the problem...(it may) not necessarily (take) one, two, three, or even five years, but what’s important is that the problem needs to be resolved,” he said. - Bernama

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