Cops to probe claim of citizenship for illegals

Deputy Home Minister Mohd Azis Jamman. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Home Minister Mohd Azis Jamman says the police have been instructed to investigate a claim which has gone viral on social media that citizenship forms are being distributed among illegal immigrants in Sabah.

He also dismissed allegations that he had given his consent to the distribution of forms, saying the claims were aimed at smearing Parti Warisan Sabah’s reputation.

“Recently, there have been claims making rounds on social media that I gave approval to collect information from illegal immigrants in order to issue them with identification cards.

“I have ordered the police to investigate this matter, and if we find out who is behind this, we will arrest them and take stern action,” he told reporters after the Ops Mega operation here today which was also attended by Immigration Department director-general Mustafar Ali.

Azis said the issue might have been created by certain parties seeking to discredit the government.

“We know that the opposition has often attacked us. For example, they say Warisan is harbouring illegal immigrants in Sabah. These are all just accusations to smear our reputation,” he said.

As for Ops Mega, the Sepanggar MP said it would continue to be carried out nationwide to rid the country of illegal immigrants.

“Today, I joined the Immigration’s operation in Sepanggar, my own constituency, because we want the problem of illegals to be resolved.

“This shows our seriousness in combating illegal immigrants. If they enter the country illegally, we will arrest them all and evict them,” he said.