No let-up on action against illegals in Sabah, says Home Minister

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor during an official meeting in Koita Kinabalu on Tuesday.

KOTA KINABALU: There will be no compromise on action taken against illegal immigrants in Sabah, says Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.

The Home Minister said more than 600,000 illegal immigrants from Indonesia and the Philippines have been deported since 1990 and the number includes some 7,000 since Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) took over the state government in September.

"The illegal immigrant problem is a concern for the people of Sabah," he said in a statement on Tuesday (March 9) after paying a courtesy call to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor at his office at the Sabah Administrative Office Complex here.

He said his visit, along with officers from the Home Ministry, was to discuss security issues especially the long-standing problem of illegal immigrants.

"The Home Ministry and Sabah government have decided to take firm action without compromise against all illegal immigrants in the state," he said.

He said that the state government wants all foreigners in the state to have legal status under the country's immigration laws.

It is very important for foreigners to possess proper documentation especially now when the government has embarked on the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, he said, as it covers non-Malaysians working in the economic sector.

Hamzah said the state government has also allocated RM500,000 for operational measures to check the entry of foreigners.

He said Hajiji made the allocation after his recent visit to the Eastern Sabah Security Command, which oversees security in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone.

Hamzah gave an assurance that all agencies under the Home Ministry would step up security and surveillance to ensure that Sabah remains safe and peaceful.

The Home Minister returned to Kuala Lumpur later in the day.

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