PETALING JAYA: Any move to recall and reissue all native certificates (NCs) in Sabah could lead to disharmony, warned SAPP Deputy Chairman Melanie Chia.
According to a Daily Express report, Chia explained that mixed-marriages was a norm in the state and many natives carried Chinese surnames.
She was commenting on the proposal by Hishamuddin Hashim, the Intelligence Division Director of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), who said the state government should recall and reissue all NCs in a move to stop non-bumiputeras from buying native land and shares in Amanah Saham Bumiputra.
Chia however said the authorities should instead take action against illegal MyKad holders and tackle the state’s perennial problem of illegal immigrants.
“The state government should get the National Registration Department to withdraw all MyKads and reissue them to genuine locals only,” she was quoted as saying by the local daily, adding the existence of false or dubious NCs and other documents was closely linked to the issue of illegal MyKads.
She said the situation would be worse if illegal immigrants also held indigenous certificates as they could then easily abuse the documents to enjoy native land ownership, Bumiputera rights and trust funds, special discounts for housing and other benefits meant only for Sabah natives, she said in a statement.
Chia also called on Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who heads the technical committee of the RCI on illegal immigrants, to consider the implementation of the Sabah identity card.
This, she said would be a feasible way to resolve the many issues linked to false documentation in Sabah while also flushing out the many dubious citizens presently living in the state.