KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government wants the relevant authorities to take drastic action to resolve once and for all, the issue of illegal immigrants in the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the state Cabinet welcomed the Royal Commission of Inquiry’s (RCI) findings on the issue of Sabah’s immigrants and supported the recommendations made to resolve the issue.
"The Federal government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has fulfilled its promise on the establishment of the RCI and to release its findings," he said after being briefed on the RCI’s reports and recommendations at the weekly Cabinet meeting here Wednesday.
Musa said based on these findings, it was discovered that there were wrongdoings committed by individuals for monetary gain.
"These acts were committed by irresponsible individuals who were greedy and they have been brought before the law for their crimes," he said.
In moving forward, he said it was important for concrete measures to be taken to ensure these did not recur and that efforts by any syndicate undermining the sovereignty of the nation must stopped.
He said the Cabinet therefore welcomed the recommendations to set up a permanent committee on Foreigners to be co-chaired by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and himself as well as a Working Committee on Foreigners to be chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
"We also call on relevant departments and agencies to overcome any weaknesses and tighten any loopholes within their respective structures to maintain the integrity of their respective governmental functions and the ultimate objective, which is serving the people," he said.
In the meantime, he said the state government would continue to work hand in hand with the Federal Government to overcome issues dealing with illegal immigrants in the state.
He said the relevant authorities such as the police, National Registration Department and the Immigration Department were working closely through state-wide operations to flush out illegal immigrants.
"It is also my hope that our counterparts in neighboring countries will assist us in this effort by facilitating the return of their citizens to their respective countries, " he said.