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Sunday, February 21, 2016

SORAK to hold Black Sunday 5.0 as planned

KOTA KINABALU, 20 February, 2016: People's Solidarity (SORAK) will once again organize a Black Sunday 5.0 flash mob on 28 February 2016 at Gaya Street to protest the entry of 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia, especially in Sabah.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth Media Secretary Jeffery George said in a statement that the presence of Bangladeshi migrant workers will increase existing social and security problems in Sabah and the party strongly object to the Federal Government's move to recruit 1.5 million Bangladeshis into Malaysia.

"We are aware of the shortage of workers in our country and also the need for economic development in Sabah but look at our youths here who are jobless and shackled by poverty.

"There are still many youths in Sabah who are without a job and some had to find jobs overseas for a living but there are still a handful of people who say that the youth of today are too choosy and lazy to work in the service sector where work is very tiring and dirty. Some people always forget that 'dirty hands are a sign of clean money' and from what I saw most of our Sabah youths who migrate abroad to work in this sector for a living.

"Right home here as what is happening in Sabah, the youth faced competition from the "instant bumiputras" or "new Malaysians" created from political motives.

"As such, we as the Sabah Youth today are the future of Sabah and urged the public to come to the protest on 28 February 2016 at Gaya Street and jointly expressed objection to the admission of 1.5 million foreign workers. Only we can save us in Sabah," Jeffery said.

Meanwhile, the organizing chairman of Black Sunday 5.0, Clifford Spencer said that he had already sent the application to apply for public assembly permit from Police and also to the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) on Thursday. He added that several parties such as Star, Parti Cinta Sabah, SAPP and several NGOs have agreed to join the protest.

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