KOTA KINABALU, Nov 3, 2015:

United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) is confident that the Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) will agree to the party’s proposal for the reissuance of all MyKad in the state.

“Upko’s confidence is based on the fact that there have been more and more component parties in Sabah also coming forward with statements saying that the MyKad should be reissued.

“It is now a call by everybody,” said acting president Datuk Seri Madius Tangau in a statement today.

He welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, giving Sabah the mandate to come up with a solution to address the illegal immigrant issue.

He said the way forward for the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Illegal immigrants in Sabah depended on the decision of the Sabah BN.

“The move to recall and reissue identification documents in Sabah is the solution to the state’s mother of all problems — the fraudulent issuance of MyKad,” said Tangau, who is also the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister.

As mentioned in the RCI report and based on Upko’s own survey, cases of MyKad issued through the back door are real, he said.

Upko continued to receive complaints from around the state about such cases, he added.

In this respect, he said Upko was looking forward to the meeting to be called by the state BN chairman at the earliest possible moment.

“I am also sure that the Technical Committee chaired by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan has received sufficient suggestions put up by various quarters and that they are ready to make the necessary recommendation to the Permanent Committee (on illegals),” Tangau said.

Officiating at the Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) triennial delegates conference here on Sunday, Najib was reported to have requested the State BN to discuss and find solutions to the perennial illegal immigrant problem in Sabah.

After finding the solution, the Sabah BN was asked to forward it to the Prime Minister.

“If we can reduce this problem, guarantee security in the state and reduce politicking, we will be able to move forward,” said Najib.

The proposal for the re-issuance of MyKad in Sabah was mooted by Upko’s former supremo Tan Sri Bernard Dompok in his testimony in front of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah that was chaired by former Chief Justice for Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Steve Shim.

After the completion of the inquest, the RCI recommended the formation of two high-powered committees, namely the Technical Committee and the Permanent Committee, to find a solution to the illegal immigrant issues that have been bugging Sabah all this while.

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