SEMPORNA: The Sabah government has again dismissed the rumour that it is distributing Malaysian identity cards to undocumented and illegal migrants.
Addressing the speculation which began circulating since before the 14th general election, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal stressed that the claim is baseless and is being spread by irresponsible quarters.
“There is no such thing as (us) giving out (identity cards to illegals in Sabah).
“(The Sabah government) helps (in matters related to) locals married to foreigners, especially when children are involved.
“We do things by the book and forward (each case) to the Registration Department.
“There are laws and we cannot simply issue identity cards,” he said to the media after A Day with the Chief Minister programme at the district community hall here, today.
Meanwhile, Shafie, who is Semporna Member of Parliament and Senallang assemblyman, said that the government has determined that 90 per cent of the issues faced by the people are land-related, with some highlighting the terrible conditions of poor people’s housing projects (PPRTs).
“During this programme… officers and agencies, including those from Lands and Surveys, will assist the people on land-related matters.
“We plan to expand this to other districts, and our state Rural Development Minister (Ewon Benedick) will tag along, as we are aware there are still lots of issues in remote areas involving bridges, electricity supply and road links, as well as PPRTs,” he added.
Shafie also addressed poor garbage management in Semporna, which he said is something that is being worked on, and which he hopes society will help to alleviate. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd