Upko wants Mykad reset in Sabah
KOTA KINABALU: The United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) is reiterating that the MyKad should be withdrawn in Sabah to address the problem of illegal immigrants, who obtained the identity cards illegally.
Upko president Datuk Seri Madius Tangau said he had conveyed the party’s position to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Oct 9.
He said new MyKad should be issued once investigations had been completed in accordance with the constitution and the law.
“The party wants those who betrayed the people of Sabah and Malaysia, by giving the MyKad to those who are not qualified, to be brought before the courts,” he said at the Upko Tri-annual General Meeting here yesterday.
“I am sure the state and federal governments are committed to correcting the situation. Upko urges the renewal and issuance of IMM13 documents be stopped. There is no reason to give (the document) to anyone as there is no longer an individual with refugee status in Sabah.”
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who is Parti Warisan Sabah president, launched Upko’s 15th conference.
Madius, who is deputy chief minister, said the issue of illegal immigrants was one of the things that he would focus on as Upko president.
He said Upko would not compromise on matters regarding the rights of the people of Sabah as enshrined in the Malaysian Agreement 1963.
He said Upko had consistently requested that the Federal Government increase oil royalty to 20 per cent of Petroliam Nasional Bhd gross income so that the state government would have more funds for development.
During the conference, which was held in conjunction with the party’s election, Madius was selected to lead Upko. He won uncontested. Datuk Donald Mojuntin won the post of deputy president uncontested. The five vice-presidents are Datuk Abidin Madingkir, Datuk Masiung Banah, Datuk Ewon Benedick, Datuk Lucas Umbul and Datuk Limus Jury.