PENAMPANG: The Sabah government does not have the authority to issue identity cards and passports to any individual, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic).
The power to issue identification documents was only with federal agencies like the National Registration and Immigration departments.
“I want to state here the Sabah government does not issue self-identification documents.
“We do not have the authority. The power to issue the identity card is with the National Registration Department and the Immigration Department for passports, not Sabah departments,” he stressed.
Shafie, who is also president of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), said this in his President’s Policy Speech at the Warisan annual general assembly here yesterday.
He was responding to allegations that the Sabah government had issued identification documents to illegal immigrants.
“I hope those who say we (the Sabah government) had issued (identification) documents will ask Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin if I have the authority to issue those documents or not,” Shafie added.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Jaujan Sambakong told reporters that Shafie’s policy speech was quite clear in addressing all issues connected to the party.
He said accusations made by certain parties that Warisan had issued identification documents to illegal immigrants were not true.
On a separate development, Jaujan, who is Warisan vice-president, said the party was always open to any individual who wanted to join, on condition they were sincere about strengthening Warisan’s struggles for the sake of the people and to develop Sabah. — Bernama