Stop the lies about identity cards for illegals, Shafie tells opposition parties

Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal.

SEMPORNA: Chief Minister Shafie Apdal today slammed certain political groups using the month of Ramadan to spread lies against the Warisan-led Sabah government.

He said these groups were spreading slander against the government and Warisan by persistently claiming that they were giving out identity cards to illegal immigrants.

“Don’t spread lies to score political points during this month. There is no point fasting when our actions don’t tally. Why cause hatred by spreading fake news on social media?” he told people at his home base of Semporna.

Shafie was referring to a post on social media showing groups of foreigners allegedly applying for Malaysian identity cards with so-called government documents printed with the Warisan logo.

Deputy Home Minister Azis Jamman and the National Registration Department have denied the existence of any programme to register illegals.

They also pointed out that the forms with a government logo were no longer being used by the department.

Warisan, which has lodged a police report on the matter, said it may be the work of certain opposition parties which had continued to harp on the claim that the government was actively trying to grant citizenship to foreigners.

Shafie also stressed that he did not have the authority to issue identity cards as it fell under the purview of the federal government.

He called for the politicking to stop and for everyone to work for the betterment of Sabah.

He said development had been planned for all parts of the state and it was only a matter of time before the plans were implemented.

Earlier, some 2,000 people attended the breaking of fast event at the Ar-Rahman Mosque, during which Shafie gave out Raya aid to the poor and school children.