PUTATAN: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin has advised employers to be rational and not panic to the point of sacking their Filipino workers following the stand-off in Lahad Datu.
“There would always be ‘black sheep’ in any community. Ill-meaning people can be found anywhere. It doesn’t mean that if one of them is bad, all of them would also be bad. So I am asking that employers do not sack their Filipino workers because of this incident,” said Yahya.
He was asked to comment on news reports from Zamboanga City of Filipinos working in Sabah have had their employments terminated by their employers as a result of the stand-off.
Yahya slammed the opposition’s claim that the Lahad Datu and, most recently, Semporna incidents were theatrical, as inhumane and disrespectful to the country’s security forces.
“It’s such an inhumane thing to say and was disrespectful to our police and security forces, even more so for the families of the fallen heroes.
“How was it that lives were lost if this was all staged?” he asked.
He called on the opposition not to ‘oppose just for the sake of opposing’ but to make an effort to contribute to resolving the matter instead.
“Such a statement (by the opposition) shows the quality of our opposition (parties). Normally, when faced with such crisis in other developed countries, political ideologies are put aside, be they the government or the opposition or just fellow citizens, in order to work cohesively to find solutions instead,” he said.
Yahya also reiterated on the advice to the public not to panic and to have full trust in the country’s security force to handle the situation.
“We must have faith and trust in them that they will be able to protect us and resolve the problem.”
Sabah, he said, is a generally a peaceful country but incidents such as this are bound to happen.
“But even then, it is being handled well by the authorities and the security forces. So don’t panic and spread rumours as it will only worsen the situation,” he said, adding that business operators should go about their daily operations.
Yahya was speaking to reporters after the Titik Sentuhan Rakyat programme in SK Petagas here yesterday, where 60 residents of Kampung Petagas received assistance in the form of rice and other food items from the government via KEMAS.
In his speech, he urged the people to continue to support the Barisan Nasional administration that had contributed various assistance to the people.