Sabah govt to consider issuing Sabah Card, says Warisan deputy president

Avila Geraldine

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) deputy president Darell Leiking has suggested that the state government introduces Sabah Card to identify genuine Sabahans and monitor their movement.

Darell said he had spoken to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal on the matter and the state leader had noted the government would consider it.

“This is not the government’s proposal. It’s my idea. We don’t need the Prime Minister’s permission to do Sabah card as it does not affect the MyKad.

“The MyKad stays as it’s prove of one’s citizenship. Sabah Card is for the purpose of recording who are Sabahans,” he told reporters when met today.

The Penampang member of parliament stressed the Sabah Card was not a replacement of MyKad.

To a question which department should handle Sabah Card, he said it should be done and facilitated by a body within the Chief Minister Department as well as those handling mobile court, including Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjun.

Darell said it would not be easy for every MyKad holder to apply Sabah Card, stressing that those who applied would have to go through a filtering process.

“Sabah Card is only issued to those who already have MyKad. If the MyKad is suspicious, meaning it is obtained wrongfully, do you think people would dare to apply? I think not.

“The Sabah Card, in my idea, will benefit the people. If Datuk Seri Shafie is able to sort out our state financial problem and return our financial glory, maybe, if all goes well, the Amanah Rakyat Sabah will be revived,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd