Even if you are proudly a Malaysian, you will still have to apply for work permit to work in Sabah if you are not a Sabahan (i.e. Sarawakian, Peninsula Malaysian).
That’s a fact and I am pretty aware of it. My parents are Sarawakians working in Sabah and they do renew their work permit every year faithfully as the law in Sabah requires them to do so.
This “work permit for non-sabahans Malaysians working in Sabah” issue became a hot topic recently when it was recently raised by the deputy president of Liberal Democratic Party (not to be confused with Japan’s), Chin Su Phin. Chin was quoted suggesting that such work permits (for non-Sabahan Malaysian) be abolished. However, this move was criticized by Parti Bersatu Sabah president Joseph Pairin Kitingan. Quote:
“It is very important for us to be protective of our rights and interests, especially to give the assurance and confidence to local people who will seek justice and a fair share of work and other opportunities,”
I noticed that the natives of Sabah are pretty vocal about their so-called rights and had resorted to where they would reject any outsiders from being included as their own. Recently I was criticised by a commentator who left a comment at one of my posts saying that “Hi Kiddo. You are a Sarawakian, no wonder. Sabah is for Sabahan.”
In Singapore, the government are actually encouraging people to immigrate to their country, especially people who are able to contribute effective to their country. They are even offering loans or bursaries to oversea students like Malaysians and Indonesians who are thinking of studying in Universities in Singapore where after graduating from the university, these students will have to work in Singapore for a period (to repay the loan), the government here are hoping that they would stay after the period and eventually apply for citizenship. It benefits the country as a whole.
Compare what was done in Singapore and in Sabah. Now compare which is a more developed state?
As for myself I have both a 12 and a K on my IC. It is almost about time I choose whether I want to become a Sabahan, or remain a Sarawakian like my parent. My parents say I should remain Sarawakian but I wish to be registered as a Sabahan – I mean that I was born here in Sabah, I have had all my primary and secondary education here in Sabah, and all the people I’ve got to know are all here in Sabah. I have no pride being a Sarawakian at all as I was not raised there and have nothing to be proud of (Sibu gets flooded every time, too).
However after this fiasco, I might as well rethink what I should do. Sabahans may not be as friendly as I have thought after all with people like Joseph Pairin Kitingan.