Solv­ing Im­mi­gra­tion is­sue

New Straits Times - - NEWS -

KOTA KINABALU: Trans­fer­ring power to the state govern­ment is a way for the state to ad­dress its il­le­gal im­mi­grants is­sue, as well as its prob­lem re­gard­ing the is­suance of IMM13 doc­u­ments.

Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal said the mat­ter had been high­lighted to the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

“It’s bet­ter to de­cen­tralise power so we (state govern­ment) know who are lo­cal Saba­hans as we can re­fer to the ke­tua kam­pung (vil­lage chief). Some­times, when they ap­ply (for doc­u­ments) in Kuala Lumpur, I don’t think the of­fi­cers there know who the ap­pli­cants are. If Sabah is given the power to re-is­sue iden­tity cards, it is one of the op­tions we can utilise to solve the prob­lem.”

Shafie said this af­ter launch­ing the United Pa­sok­mo­mo­gun Kadazandusun Mu­rut Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Upko) Tri-an­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing here.

He was com­ment­ing on Upko’s stance on the need to re­call all MyKad in Sabah, and have it reis­sued to only those el­i­gi­ble in ac­cor­dance to the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion and le­gal pro­vi­sions.

On the is­suance of the IMM13 doc­u­ments to chil­dren of refugees who holds the doc­u­ment in the state, he said it was out­side the state govern­ment’s knowl­edge.

“There was no dis­cus­sion on the mat­ter in the state cabi­net and at the re­cent se­cu­rity coun­cil meet­ing. I can’t ex­plain this be­cause it came un­der the Home Min­istry. How­ever, if it in­volves il­le­gal im­mi­grants then we should not en­ter­tain it,” he said.

Ear­lier, Shafie said Upko’s co­op­er­a­tion as a shared part­ner (in the PH govern­ment) was needed so that the voices Saba­hans could be re­alised, in­clud­ing the Malaysian Agree­ment 1963 .

Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal

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