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2009 Jul 14 - SAPP wants issuing of documents to be transparent

SAPP wants issuing of documents to be transparent

KOTA KINABALU, July 14, 2009: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President Eric Majimbun said the Government's decision to speed up the approval of Malaysian citizenship and birth certificate registration, while welcome, must be implemented stringently and transparently.

He said while it is true there are many genuine locals in Sabah who do not have identity cards or even birth certificates, it would not help solve the problem but create more problems like foreigners taking advantage if not implemented responsibly.

He cited the case of a MyKad bearing his family surname Jerome Majimbun, who actually does not exist, that was seized from the hand of a Filipino a year or so ago and about which nothing has been done till now.

Majimbun, who is Sepanggar MP, was commenting on Monday's report quoting Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussain as saying his Ministry will speed up the approval for Malaysian citizenship, entry permit and birth registration so long as the applications meet the criteria set by the Government, and that it targeted to process all applications by end of the year.

This followed the 11 measures announced earlier by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in conjunction with his 100th day in office Saturday, which included measures to reduce crime and fight corruption as well as facilitating applications for registration of births in Sabah and Sarawak.

"I wish like to congratulate Hishammuddin for taking proactive action on the issuance of Malaysian citizenship and birth certificates. And at the same time, I also wish to remind him that more authority should be given to the NRD Director (Sabah) to seriously screen the applications" Majimbun said.

Many Ketuas in Sabah have issued false declarations : SAPP
Meanwhile, SAPP Imformation Chief Chong Pit Fah said many illegal immigrants had obtained or acquired birth certificates through forged statutory declaration or popularly known as " Surat Akuan".

"The issuance of those birth certificates was back dated 25 years ago and everybody knows that Sabah is still grappling with problems of illegal immigrants. That's why it is vital for the NRD to be cautious when processing late birth registration." he said.

He said native chiefs and village chiefs issuing false statutory declaration to illegal are well documented facts, adding there were reports that some local village chiefs had been arrested on suspicion of issuing dubious statutory declaration to foreigners for pecuniary gains.

He said the issuance of citizenship documents such as statutory declaration to foreigners was a serious threat to national security and the perpetrators deserved to be punished by the law.

Chong expressed confidence that the Barisan Nasional (BN) State Government is aware of threats to national security posed by Sabah's phenomenal increase in population, since 1970.

The number of refugees from neighbouring countries increased unabated with the arrival of economic refuges attracted by the rapid economic development in Sabah and the prospect of employment, especially with the opening of vast land for oil palm plantations, he said.

"Since the 1973 influx of illegal immigrants from neighbouring countries spanning about 30 years, Sabah population's had recorded a 328 percent increase (from below 700,000 in 1970 to almost three million in 2005) compared with Sarawak's increase of 130 percent ". he said.

Meanwhile, Tamparuli Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) supports the statement by PBS Youth chief Datuk Jahid Jahim on the issue.

Its committee member, Stephen Jaya said this is important in the interest of the society in Sabah and also its future generations because because of dubious ICs and illegals has burdened the State and the people in Sabah.

"And yet these issues have not been resolved ". he said in a statement.

He said there are many people in rural areas who have no identification documents. Hence, the exercise must be carried out carefully to prevent those not qualified from owning such important documents accorded only to genuine Malaysians.

Jahid had said a mechanism should be in place to detect the possibility of misuse of authority involving citizenship applications in Sabah.

The Sabah Justices of Peace Council (MAJAPS), while lauding the Prime Minister's promise to deal with the problem of birth certificate andaa citizenship matters in Sabah and Sarawak, had said such assurance was pointless if no support was given to the courts.

Its Honorary Secretary, Datuk Lawrence Thien said this is because of the need to validate any late registration of birth certificates in view of the large immigrant population in Sabah.

" If not such certificates issued by the NRD are not admissible in evidence and if used to issue Identity Cards (ICs), it will meant the government is using inadmissible documents to give citizenship. If that is the case , many illegals will get citizenship". he had said.

Through the court, he said illegals would be filtered out and only those born in Sabah with parents originally from Sabah would land these documents.

Consumer Association of Sabah and Labuan (Cash) President Datuk Patrick Sindu also urged caution on the matter,

" The issue of of citizenship is never-ending in Sabah beginning with the IC Project in early 1980s.

" We fear more foreigners namely illegal immigrants, would see this as an opportunity to apply for citizenship using doubtful identification documents ". he said.

He said the mobilizing courts to rural areas, whereby magistrate could do proper vetting, was the best way to resolve late birth registration issues.(Quoted from DE)

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RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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No to coal-fired plant
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3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Msia & Devt in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
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Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
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Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)

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