KOTA KINABALU: Upko has slammed efforts by certain quarters which claimed issuance of identity cards to illegal immigrants through a new “Project IC” was rampant in Sabah.
Its information chief, Albert Bingkasan, said these claims were made on social media and websites backed by those with political interests.
This was done with malice and with the intention of disrupting the political stability in Sabah and peace among the people.
“Upko strongly denies the existence of a new Project IC.
“We hope the police and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission will monitor and take immediate action if there is evidence these parties had made slanderous statements,” he said here today.
He said these viral claims seemed to suggest a political conspiracy intended to discredit Upko.
“They prepared a script to attack Upko leaders, especially acting president Wilfred Madius Tangau,” Bingkasan said.
“When Upko leaders make police reports and demand explanations, they will be accused of being panicky and trying to cover up. When they remain silent, Upko is accused of conspiring.”
He said the party is firmly behind Tangau, who had repeatedly called for the recommendations made by the 2012 royal commission of inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah to be implemented.
Upko’s stand has always been consistent, he added. Only genuine Malaysians in Sabah have the right to hold identity cards, adding those who obtained the cards through dubious means should be penalised.
“Upko urges Sabahans not to be fooled by these fresh accusations and vile conspiracy theories.
“Upko will not remain silent if such attacks persist and will not be daunted in facing anyone to protect Sabah and the people’s rights,” he said.