Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said this following the arrest of three people including a National Registration Department (NRD) officer accused of allegedly helping foreigners apply for birth certificates and identification cards using falsified information.
“We must congratulate the police for uncovering the existence of such syndicates in Sabah.
“The scope of investigation should be widened to ensure that no stone is left unturned,” he said on Monday (July 29).
Ongkili said PBS had in fact, in the past, openly called for investigations into such operations, based on public reports on the presence of these illegal activities.
He said the involvement of NRD officers is very serious and tantamount to treason.
He said stern action and deterrent punishment must be taken against government officers, as well as syndicate members, involved in the illegal issuance of citizenship.
The three suspects nabbed in Semporna on July 23 were believed to have been active in using falsified information to help foreigners apply for birth certificates and identification documents since early 2018.
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