Sabah MCA forms committee to study RCI report

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  • Monday, 08 Dec 2014

Group shot: Dr Wee posing for a group picture with 988 deejays at the GST talk.

KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah MCA has set up a committee to study the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report on illegal immigrants in the state and will propose ways to deal with the problem.

Party deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said it would come up with suggestions on how to beef up the existing system to counter the large number of illegal immigrants.

“MCA wants action to be taken against the culprits (responsible for issuing Malaysian identification cards (ICs) to illegal immigrants,” he said.

“However, the biggest challenge is to establish solid evidence for action to be done," he said after launching the Goods and Services Tax (GST) talk with radio station 988 at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

MCA, he said, welcomed the RCI report and its recommendation to form a Management Committee to look into the problem, describing it as a “way forward”.

“The way forward is to identify the weaknesses in the system and find ways to mitigate the issue," said Dr Wee.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department was commenting on the RCI’s findings, which among others, found that syndicates and corrupt officials were involved in the issuance of the ICs to illegal immigrants.

It also concluded that the controversial Project IC, on the illegal issuance of Malaysian ICs, "more likely than not" existed.

On the implementation of the 6% GST, beginning April, Dr Wee said there was no change to the date and that it would proceed as planned.

"Companies earning an annual turnover of RM500,000 and above have three more weeks to register to implement the tax,” he said.

“So far, over 200,000 companies have registered and this is a very good sign," he added.

The Government is targeting to register 300,000 businesses by end of the year.

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