Re-issue Sabah IC to counter IS threat – Leiking

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warusan Sabah deputy president Darell Leiking said yesterday that the State Government had no other choice but to proceed immediately with the issuance of the Sabah IC as a means to end the threat of IS militancy and to weed out Projek IC holders in the State.

“I have stated it numerously, particularly in my speeches during the Dewan Rakyat sitting, that the threat of foreigners holding dubious citizenship in Sabah is real and I have asked both the Federal and State Government to act immediately on this issue.

“It has been my stand (and Warisan too) that the State Government must issue its own ‘Sabah IC’ to put an end to the threat of IS militancy and the presence of Projek IC in the State.

“This is so in view of the parliamentary answer given to me by the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in the Dewan Rakyat last year, that the Federal Government is not agreeable to a recall of MyKads in Sabah and to re-issue new ones because of legal implications that may arise from such action,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Leiking was commenting on the news report that several IS (Islamic State) militants had been detained by the Bukit Aman Counter-Terrorism Unit believed to be setting up IS recruitment bases here.

“A Sabah BN component leader told us last year that Zahid Hamidi was going to announce the long-awaited steps to permanently resolve the presence of the illegal immigrants in Sabah following the completion of the RCI but until now, we have yet to hear such an announcement,” he said.

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