Home, Not So Sweet Homes.
For the thousands of illegals in Sabah's Detention Centre of Menggatal, home is not so sweet after all. They were being forced to return to their country.
For most of them home was hell and it's promise only one, that is poverty. That was why they braved the elements of nature to feel the soft and warm sands of Sabah's shores. This is the terra firma that promised them good life and education for their kids.
It was said that on the streets of Kota Kinabalu, every other man, woman or kid you meet is an illegal. They were there on the five-foot path just opposite a mall, with their sewing machines ready to sew or modify a 'branded-shirt' on orders. Their kind can also be found on street corners, bus stations or vegetable market offering cigarettes by the sticks. In short they did almost everything to keep their dreams alive.
Hence, who can blame some people if they regard their [illegals] presence as a necessity. They [the filipinos and the Indonesians] fulfilled the needs of the residence of Kota Kinabalu. However, there are times when their presence put fear and uncertainty into many Sabahan's heart.
Sometimes, they also committed crimes.
Local leaders put the number of illegals in Sabah to hundred of thousands. In some rural districts they filled the beds at government health Centres and schools. The got jobs the easy way, by offering to take low pay.
The leaders of Sabah are incensed because some of them are found to take part in local elections. Their names are even on some electoral rolls. Imagine what may happen if some unscrupulous candidate used them to get himself elected.
The Sabahans were alarmed because some of these illegals managed to get themselves declared as citizens by acquiring the blue identity cards.
After the last General Elections, the local representatives put these illegals as their number one agenda. They must be deported. The official records in the states should be cleansed and put to right.
Thus, starting this month, this state-wide campaign will arrest them. They will be then placed at a detention center until their mother country assesed their status. Lastly, they will be deported.
Back home means no job, stagnant economy, the kids must work to make ends meet. So, no school means a really bleak future.
Tags: Illegals , Filipinos , Indonesians , Cigarettes , Crimes.
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