KUCHING: Immigrants in the state are required to register with the Home Ministry soon.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said immigrants, particularly those from Kalimantan, Indonesia had been blending in with locals for so long and so closely that they were easily mistaken for Malaysians.
“I received complaints from some YBs that some of these immigrants can be in places such as Julau, Belaga, Tatau, Kakus and Sungai Asap. Agencies under my ministry will discuss the matter with the relevant foreign consulates.”
According to him, many immigrants had been staying in the state, some since the 1960s.
After the meeting of the ministry’s agencies, the officers will go around registering the immigrants. Documentation and papers will be produced for record purposes.
“It is not to give them citizenship. We just want to keep track of them,” he said during a press conference after chairing a meeting with the various agencies here yesterday.
On a related issue, he also proposed to his ministry that the four customs and immigration quarantine facilities in the state be fenced up to five kilometres on both sides.
He said this was to provide added security and prevent illegal border crossing around the check points.
Wan Junaidi stressed that his ministry looked at the matter seriously because although the authorities had been making extra efforts to prevent illegal border crossings, they still happen.
He said what had been happening in Sabah — where immigrants easily entered the state in the past — could happen in Sarawak if nothing was done to stop it.