136,055 eligible for proposed Sabah Temporary Pass

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 21 Nov 2019

KOTA KINABALU: There are 136,055 holders of IMM13 document, Burung-Burung card and census certificate in Sabah who are eligible to apply for the proposed Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS), to be rolled out in June next year.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said this was based on the cross-checked records of the Sabah Immigration Department, Sabah Chief Minister’s Department and Sabah National Security Council (MKN), from Nov 26,2015 to June 15,2016.

Revealing this during the question-and-answer session at the state assembly sitting yesterday, he said the previous estimates of 600,000 reported included the dependants of these document holders.

IMM13 (immigration pass) was issued by the Immigration Department to Filipino refugees who fled to Sabah in the 1970s; Burung-Burung card was issued by the Sabah Chief Minister’s Department in the 1980s; and the census certificate was issued under MKN’s Federal Special Task Force in the 1990s.

“The breakdown is 51,645 holders of IMM13,36,892 for Burung-Burung card and 47,518 for census certificate.

“This figure will change during the update of data to include their dependants (wives and children).

“While we have made an estimate of 600,000 before, the process will be conducted meticulously through a mechanism detailed by the Pas Sementara Sabah (PSS) task force led by the Sabah Chief Minister’s Department, ” he said when answering the question from Datuk Bolkiah Ismail (Warisan-Pitas).

Shafie was also answering six other questions posed during the question-and-answer session together with Bolkiah’s, which touched on PSS.

The Chief Minister revealed that the previous government had proposed the creation of an immigration pass to solve the issue of various documents held by immigrants without proper travel documents or passports in Sabah.

“It has been discussed between the state government and Federal Government since 2015 through the Management of Immigrants in Sabah main committee.

“With the transition of government (last year), the technical committee pushed the proposal back onto the table on May 24 this year.

“This was presented in the main committee in September when the decision was agreed to introduce PSS, ” he said.

He added that the pass was to standardise the various documents held by displaced persons in this state to ease enforcement agencies when identifying them.

“Burung-Burung card and the census certificate are not recognised by enforcement agencies as they are not Immigration documents to allow them to be in Malaysia.

“PSS will allow holders to be temporarily here legally, ” he said.

Shafie gave the assurance that the PSS task force, which includes various relevant agencies, would fine-tune the procedure to ensure only genuine document holders, confirmed by issuing agencies, would be given the pass.

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