Monday, September 23

Recall, reissue Sabah MyKad – Tangau

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PENAMPANG: United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) is standing firm on its recommendation that the Government recall and reissue all MyKads issued in Sabah.

Its acting president Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau said as far as UPKO was concerned, its proposal was very clear and it had been made known to the public.

“We will continue to say that this is the way to go (recalling and reissuing new MyKad) as it is the way to move forward for the issue. And we are only waiting for the Barisan Nasional (BN) Sabah liaison committee to meet and discuss the proposal,” he said.

Tangau said this when met by reporters after visiting the soon-to-be completed RM500mil International Technology and Commercial Centre here yesterday.

“And I am very happy when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the statement to say that it is up to Sabah and when he said it is up to Sabah it is actually the state BN liaison committee to do it,” he added.

“It is the New Year and Upko is looking forward to having this matter discussed at the Sabah Barisan liaison level,” said Tangau, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, when  expressing hope that Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman who is the State BN Chairman would call for a meeting soon.

Commenting on criticisms by the opposition on the delay in the implementation of measures to solve the longstanding issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah, Tangau said that steps had been taken in that direction.

He disclosed that the decision to set up the RCI was based on the decision and agreement of the BN liaison committee at the state level which meant that all the component parties agreed to have the RCI and it was done.

UPKO, soon after the report was completed and made public, requested the Prime Minister and Chief Minister that the chairman of the committee on illegal immigrant which was formed prior to the decision by the BN liaison committee sabah, should continue.

“That chairman is Tan sri Pairin himself and that has been complied but when it was constituted we were hoping members of the committee would comprise representatives from the component parties. However it didn’t turn out that way.

“He (Pairin) is the only politician as the chairman, all the rest are actually from the agencies. But never mind, what UPKO is looking forward now is for the BN liaison committee to have a meeting as soon as possible and we should discuss the proposal and agree on the various proposals that have been submitted by component parties and the public.

“And as far as UPKO is concerned, our proposal is very clear and it has been made known to the public and we will continue to say that this is the way to go, the recalling and reissuing new MyKad,” he stressed.