KOTA KINABALU: The United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) has urged the federal government to immediately recall and reissue all MyKads in Sabah to solve the problem of syndicates allegedly selling identity cards to foreigners.
Upko Komulakan chief Willy Frous Darinsok gave the example of reports several years ago that three individuals had been arrested for alleged involvement in the act.
The arrests, reported by Berita Harian, were made on two men who had access to the National Registration Department (NRD) in Kota Kinabalu and a MyKad production company, and a woman believed to be a foreign worker agent.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said then that it suspected several more NRD officials of involvement in the syndicate, and that more arrests would be made.
MACC investigation director Jamidan Abdullah reportedly said the syndicate was one of the most complex to investigate as it involved different networks such as human trafficking, express citizenship, missing foreign workers, treasonous enforcement officers, cyber attacks, commercial crimes, and express contracts.
Darinsok said the arrests meant that foreigners who bought the cards were now considered Malaysians.
He said Upko had carried out its own investigation and research on the issue after it was revealed that the Sabah population had ballooned rapidly over just a few years.
He said the investigation found evidence that syndicates had been selling MyKads to foreigners for years.
“Upko Komulakan as Generation Y is deeply concerned about the change in demography in Sabah which has gone out of control because of the presence of foreigners who manage to obtain MyKads easily.
“This crime has caused various social problems involving the youth, not just in urban areas but also in rural areas,” he said to FMT.
He said the only way to solve the problem once and for all was to recall all MyKads issued in Sabah and reissue the documents to genuine Sabahans using the correct procedures.
He called for those found guilty of involvement in the express citizenship syndicate to be punished harshly for their crime, adding that they had mocked the country’s sovereignty and caused massive security problems by allowing the nation to be “invaded”.
“What worried us more was when MACC reported there was a China citizen who was willing to pay RM1.3 million to buy a MyKad so he could become a Malaysian in Sabah.
“We are concerned because it is obvious he has a bigger goal than just a MyKad. The fact it must be in Sabah showed he wanted something here,” he said.
Darinsok warned that if the problem was not solved, locals in Sabah would find themselves foreigners in their own land as their economy would be determined by outsiders who were flocking to the country in droves and becoming citizens through dubious means.
“This is economic colonialism. We will lose our rights as genuine citizens one day,” he said.