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‘Card must not have legal status’
Published on: Friday, February 11, 2022
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‘Card must not have legal status’
Kota Kinabalu: The proposed identity documents to foreigners in Sabah must not have legal status, said SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

He said the issuance should be limited to foreigners who are employed.

“Only those who have been in Sabah for a long time might be issued the card,” he said in a statement, Thursday. 

“If not, the proposal might cause a bigger problem because it will encourage an influx of illegal immigrants to Sabah in future.”

He was responding to a statement by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin on Thursday.

Hamzah said a special card will be created and issued to foreign nationals residing for long in Sabah, including their children.

Describing this suggestion made by the Sabah Government as good, Hamzah said the card would enable the authorities to ascertain the number of foreign nationals present in the State.

Meanwhile, Yong also proposed that the immigration enforcement must urgently step up deportation of illegal immigrants to their countries of origin. 

“At the same time, border security must be enhanced to prevent any illegal immigration into Sabah,” he said.

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