KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah should be looking for credible solutions to the issue of illegal immigrants in the state, instead of accusing the previous Barisan Nasional administration for the problem, says Tan Sri Musa Aman.
The former Sabah chief minister said this in response to Deputy Home Minister and Warisan leader Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman's allegation that the former was involved in the controversial Project IC.
Project IC refers to what is believed to be a clandestine exercise in which illegal immigrants were issued national identity cards, granting them citizenship to vote in elections.
Musa, who is Sungai Sibuga assemblyman, claimed that Azis had decided to engage in political mischief by alleging his involvement in Project IC.
"Whenever the present state government is queried on matters pertaining to illegal immigrants, it goes on the defensive and gears into the politics of distraction by looking for a fall guy.
"In this case, they have conveniently decided to pick on me for political mileage.
"I unequivocally deny any involvement in Project IC. Neither the authorities nor the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) have found me guilty of any involvement," he said in a statement on Monday (May 27).
In his book, former Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) senator and state assemblyman Dr Chong Eng Leong alleged that Musa was involved in Project IC.
Musa claimed he did not sue Chong because the allegations were so absurd and false that there was no need to dignify them with a response especially when he was busy administering the state government.
"Sabahans have become increasingly suspicious in respect of documentation being granted to illegal immigrants in the state. Our fears are justified.
"This serious threat to Sabah's security only surfaced since after Warisan dubiously came into power last year," he said.
Musa added that he welcomes the recent decision by the police to open an investigation paper on the “Citizen Drive” linked to Warisan.
"We have nothing against giving bona fide documents being issued to foreigners who have lived here for a considerable period of time. This is not a race issue.
"We are against the provision of documents such as MyKad to illegal immigrants who have encroached our borders recently and become fly by night citizens.
"This, if left unchecked will pose a security threat and undermine the sovereignty of the nation," he said.