KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government, led by Parti Warisan Sabah, has never been involved in issuing registration forms for people to get identification cards or citizenships, says the party’s executive secretary Arifin Asgali.
He said allegations that the party was issuing registration forms for identity cards and citizenship in Sabah were baseless.
“The party has no authority on matters related to the issuance of identity cards or citizenships.
“The provisions in the Federal Constitution and National Registration Act are clear on such matters,” he said in a statement yesterday.
“The federal government may, upon the application made by any person of or over the age of 21 years who is not a citizen, grant a certificate of naturalisation to that person if satisfied that the person meets specific conditions,” he said.
Arifin, who is also Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department, pointed out that even the federal National Registration Department and Sabah government had no authority to issue identity cards or grant citizenships.
“Only the Minister of Home Affairs has that authority, and even so it must be in accordance with the Federal Constitution,” he said.