Gathering of foreigners asked to disperse
Published on: Monday, October 14, 2019
By: Jimmy Goh and Sherell Jeffrey
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KOTA KINABALU: Some 100 Filipinos were asked to disperse after they started gathering at Dewan Luyang, here, Sunday.

City Police Chief ACP Habibi Majinji said it was understood that they came to the premises after receiving information via the Internet that officials from the Philippine Embassy will be issuing passports to its citizens here.

There were also claims that the officials will start issuing passports at the premises as early as 3am to the first 100 who arrived.

This prompted Filipinos from across Sabah to rush to the premises with hopes of getting their Philippine passports done.

Some of them even set up tents in the area as early as 7pm. There were also those who set up food stalls to cater to the crowd. Police instructed all of them to disperse about an hour later. By 10.30pm, the crowd was fully dispersed. 

It is understood that there has been no official directive to do such exercise (issuance of Philippine passports) here.

Their presence raised concern among residents who felt it was a wrong place for them to gather, especially in the middle of a residential area.

Also at the scene was Luyang Assemblyman cum Sabah Youth and Sports Minister Phoong Jin Zhe. 

It was learnt that the Minister was on his way to attend a wedding when he got wind of foreigners gathering in the area.

Mayor Datuk Nordin Siman was also present.



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