KOTA KINABALU: Individuals from the opposition are believed to be involved in arranging illegal immigrants on the pretext of seeking assistance in getting MyKads, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Datuk Liew Vui Kong.
Liew said in a statement that the Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan)-led government did not rule out such possibility and stressed that this is part of the opposition leaders’ dirty tactic in winning back the rakyat’s support.
The Warisan permanent chairman and Batu Sapi MP reiterated that the party was never involved in helping illegal immigrants to get MyKads.
“We only organised a public mobile service programme whereby we would go down to the ground to meet the people and attend to their grouses which include lack of basic amenities.
“The public mobile service programme should not be politicised. It is not a new thing as it had been organised by the previous government as well,” he said here today.
Liew believed that the MyKad issue which had gone viral on the internet was the work of the opposition, stressing that the current opposition leaders use this as their ploy to put the government in a bad light.
He also noted that there were individuals coming forward with letters for various applications, with identical format and font throughout the mobile service programmes, which was conducted after Liew won the Batu Sapi parliamentary.
“I decided to enquire where they got the letters done as I was curious due to the fact that many of them are illiterate.
“I was shocked to learn that they had their letters done in the town centre and they paid from Rm10 to Rm100 for certain people to type a simple letter or just to fill certain forms.
“I am very disturbed by this and had instructed my staff to investigate and will lodge police reports against them if necessary,” said Liew, stressing that document and application process can be done for free at the Batu Sapi Rakyat Mobile Service Centre.
He also refuted the claim made by Tawau Umno youth chief Ghazalie Ansing that Warisan had organised “political motivated” programmes in schools involving matters related to citizenship.
A photo of a banner had recently gone viral on social media, stating Warisan former candidate for Apas, Abdul Salip Ejal, was offering to assist Warisan in matters pertaining to identification documents.
“This is not true. In fact, a police report had been lodged against those involved in putting up the banner about a ‘Program Khidmat Rakyat’ organised by Warisan at SMK Titingan,” Liew said.
Abdul Salip had denied putting up the banner and claimed it was the work of irresponsible quarters with intention to tarnish his name and Warisan image. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd