KOTA KINABALU, Oct 31, 2014:
The shoot-out between police and armed robbers in Penampang Baru, is a “stern message” to the government about the serious threats posed by illegal immigrants in Sabah.
Describing the incident as an “eye opener”, Penampang Member of Parliament Darell Leiking said the state government should also seriously consider the re-issuance of the new identity cards for all genuine Sabahans which was mooted by several political, non-governmental organisations and community leaders from Sabah in the past.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman today confirmed the two dead men are Filipinos, one possessing an international passport and the other was carrying a MyKad but using someone else’s identity.
In the 4.10pm yesterday, police confronted the alleged gunmen who tried to pull off a robbery.
The PKR lawmaker, in a statement, went on to take Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to task for stating that birth certificates would be issued to stateless children in Sabah, decrying it as “totally ridiculous and unacceptable”.
The issuance of such certificates, he said, was akin to ‘granting citizenship’ to these children.
Leiking said the problem would arise when the Malaysian government would be forced to go to the next level in granting them citizenship, since their country of origin had refused to accept them.
“And when that time comes, both Zahid and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak are happily retired from politics, leaving my children’s and their children living in Sabah to inherit the problem.
“They are the ones who will have to bear the consequences of these leaders’ foolish decision for being ‘humane’.”
Leiking said it was high time Barisan Nasional leaders showed their sincerity in solving the matter as they were part of the government of the day.
The onus, he stressed, was upon them to act on, instead of asking everyone to stop politicising the illegal immigrant and Projek IC — the moniker given to describe the allegation of systematically granting citizenship to immigrants — issues in Sabah.
He also urged all BN state leaders to look within themselves as to what really mattered for them in politics.
“Is it their sense of pride in being at the top, given ‘king-like’ treatment and holding chairmanships? Or is to save Sabah and do what is right?”