KOTA KINABALU: Random checks are being carried out on people travelling between Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia to catch those who might be using fake Malaysian identity cards, including militants.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said random checks at airports were necessary in efforts to identify holders of fake identity cards.
He said this in response to news reports that a suspected militant had been found living in Peninsular Malaysia using a fake identity card obtained from Sabah.
“I’ve asked the Immigration director-general to ask his officers to conduct scanning of ICs randomly at the airports,” he said after a working visit to the Sabah police headquarters in Kepayan here Monday (Feb 19).
He said that Sabah and Sarawak had Immigration requirements for the use of identity cards for travellers coming in and out of the two states.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is Home Minister, said that the National Registration Department and Immigration had been involved in arresting not only fake identity card holders but also investigating syndicates operating in Sabah.
“Many of these syndicates are now under investigations.
"We will also carry out checks in other states,” he said, adding that there were steps to ensure fake MyKad holders did not slip through the system.
“There is not one day that goes without an operation or enforcement,” he added.
He also said that the syndicates focus on Sabah due to a large number of foreigners coming in for job opportunities.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who was accompanied by Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, later visited former Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri and chief minister Tun Sakaran Dandai, who was recovering from an illness at the Jesselton Medical Centre.
He also met with Sabah Umno leaders here during a closed-door meeting.