KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police are investigating allegations of illegal immigrants being given Malaysian citizenship registration forms.
"A probe is underway," state police commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said at a press conference here Monday (May 27), adding that they had received 12 reports on the matter.
Allegations have surfaced on social media and messaging apps that citizenship registration forms with the Parti Warisan Sabah logo on them were given to illegal immigrants.
Also circulating are photos of the forms with the Warisan logo on them and old versions of the National Registration Department (NRD) forms as well as pictures of the alleged applicants.
On May 23, Warisan secretary-general Loretto Padua condemned the allegations linking the incident to Parti Warisan Sabah.
He said it was not possible for Warisan to have been involved as it was not the party's duty to process any NRD-related matters.
He said Warisan had in fact condemned previous incidents where citizenship was granted to illegal immigrants in Sabah.
"It is our duty as Sabahans to protect the sovereignty of our state," he added.
He said Sabah has suffered greatly under Project IC decades ago under the previous Barisan Nasional government.
"Why is it that people are blaming Warisan for something that has been going on for so long when Sabah, under this new government governed by Warisan, Pakatan component parties and Upko is trying to solve the problem?" he asked.