“Now that you know, (you come up with) the usual excuses, 'not enough manpower, not enough this, not enough that'.
“Stupid, bodoh," said an angry Adenan.
“I don't want any more excuses about not enough manpower."
Adenan also said that “half (of) the staff work in the office”.“Overstaffed in office, understaffed outside office.”
Branding some of them as “pengecut” (cowards), Adenan said they made all kinds of excuses not to take action against the Bajaus and the Suluks. The public expected the officers to do their job “bravely, courageously and with dedication”.
“We warned (the) immigration (department) a year ago about this Suluk.
“Nothing was done until the problem became a big one.
“Do you know how many illegal immigrants there are now in Sarawak?” Adenan asked the muted officers present.
“Underestimated. You want to be like Sabah?
“I don't want to be like Sabah.”
Despite the ear bashing, Adenan was applauded loudly when he said federal officers who are unhappy with their posting could ask for a transfer and “we'll get you out of this state”.
“If any federal officer is unhappy with his service and not happy to serve in Sarawak, you tell your bosses.
“You can ask for transfer. We'll support your transfer so that you will be out of this state.”