PETALING JAYA: The Government must act swiftly on the improprieties in the issuance of identity cards to immigrants as reflected in the report, said former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
He said it was time the Government cleaned up the system, whose improprieties had led to the issuance of identity cards to over 60,000 illegal immigrants in Sabah.
“I don’t know if this figure is conclusive... I feel that it should be a lot higher, but it is enough to show that improprieties have occurred and that the Government should take action to clean up the system,” said Dompok, who was among the key players pushing for the inquiry, in response to the release of the report.
The former United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president also called on the Government to ensure integrity in the agencies involved in the case, particularly the National Registration Department and the Immigration Department.
In the 360-page report, Dompok proposed that the commission withdraw all identity cards issued illegally in Sabah, as one of the humanistic approaches in combating the influx of immigrants.
The commission felt that the proposal had some merit, but believed that there would be difficulties in identifying and locating such IC holders.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee proposed the issuing of Sabah ICs to genuine Sabahans.
However, the commission felt that due to the absence of details on its mechanics, it (the proposal) had nothing much to stand on and would not resolve the root causes of the problem, the report said.
Penampang MP Darell Leiking described the report as “very disappointing” and repeated his call for an emergency parliamentary session to debate the findings.
Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin, however, said the investigation was in-depth and the long wait worth it.
Sabah state legislative assembly speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, also a former Sabah chief minister, said the findings showed that the alleged “Project IC” was the work of individuals and not the Government.
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