Upko still wants Sabah IC

Madius Tangau (right) with Upko president and founder Bernard Dompok at the party’s anniversary celebration last night.

KOTA KINABALU: The United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) has reiterated its stand that all identification cards (ICs) in the state should be recalled and reissued or renewed.

Speaking to reporters at the party’s anniversary celebration here last night, Upko acting president Madius Tangau said the party had always been consistent on the subject.

“In fact, we want to go further and propose that all registrations for the new identification card be done using biometric technology. Face recognition technology, which other countries such as India have implemented, should also be employed.

“We believe that using such technology will prove effective in curbing the influx of illegal immigrants into the state,” he said.

He added that the party supported any decision by the state Cabinet in managing issues of citizenship.

This includes the proposal to introduce a Sabah IC, which was also discussed during the state Cabinet meeting.

He also denied claims that the state government had been giving citizenship to foreigners, or that Upko had conspired in such activities.

Tangau, who is Tuaran MP, said he had spoken to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong on how Upko could help the federal government implement the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“I was told that the federal Cabinet will form a committee to see how MA63 can be implemented. I have asked the minister in charge to consider including Upko in the committee.

“I was asked to send one name to him to be considered by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad,” he added.

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