Major step in managing illegals: Liew
Published on: Sunday, September 08, 2019
By: Mardinah Jikur and Jo Ann Mool
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SANDAKAN: The introduction of a temporary Sabah pass is a major step taken by the government in managing illegal immigrants in the State, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pic).  

He said the temporary pass would also enable the government to have their profile. “We will know who they are and this will enable us to manage them,” he said. 

He was commenting on the Federal and State government’s decision to introduce the temporary pass to eligible foreigners currently holding various documents in the State. 

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the pass would be implemented by the Sabah Immigration Department starting June next year. It would be a card equipped with security features such as biometrics, photo and thumb print, costing RM120 and must be renewed every three years.

Muhyiddin had said the pass would help curb the issuance of fake documents and resolve the issue of various identification documents held by illegal immigrants in the state. The first document to be issued was IMM13 to fleeing Filipino refugees from the late 70s, which, according to Liew had been abused.

This was followed by the issuance of Burung-Burung certificates by the Berjaya Government and Census certificates by subsequent governments. 

Liew also dismissed claims that the Pakatah Harapan has lost focus since becoming the government more than a year ago.

Instead, he said over a period of 16 months, the coalition government has accomplished a lot, one being the move to amend Article 1(2) in Parliament. He said although it failed, the move showed the commitment of the government with regard to the matter of equal rights for Sabah and Sarawak.

Aside from this, he said under the new government, Sabah finally managed to get thirteen additional state assembly seats.

He said that amending the minimum voting age from 21 to 18 years is also seen as a major change in the country’s political landscape. Liew argued that instead of accusing the Pakatan Harapan government as having lost its focus, the accusers should point their finger to corrupt leaders and individuals whose actions had caused the country’s economy to suffer.


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