KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman has slammed Warisan over the illegal immigrant issue in the state, saying it should look for credible solutions instead of blaming the previous administration.
Musa found it baffling that Warisan would go on the defensive and into the “politics of distraction” whenever the government is queried on matters pertaining to illegal immigrants.
“In this case, they have conveniently decided to pick on me for political mileage.
“I unequivocally deny any involvement in Project IC. Neither the authorities nor the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants have found me guilty of any involvement,” he said in a statement today.
Musa, who is the Sungai Sibuga assemblyman, said Deputy Home Minister Azis Jamman had decided to engage in political mischief by claiming that he was involved in Project IC.
Project IC is a reference to alleged granting of citizenship to illegal immigrants in the 1980s and 1990s, effectively changing the state’s demographics.
Azis, who recently denied Warisan’s involvement in an alleged citizenship drive for foreigners, said Musa was named in a book by former Sabah politician Chong Eng Leong in connection with Project IC but he had never denied the allegations or sued the writer.
Musa said the reason why he did not sue Chong was because his allegations were “so absurd and false”.
He said there was no need to dignify the allegations with a response especially since he was busy administering the government.
“Sabahans have become increasingly suspicious in respect of documentation being granted to illegal immigrants. Our fears are justified,” he said
“This serious threat to Sabah’s security only surfaced after Warisan dubiously came into power last year.
“This concern is real especially in light of various news and social media postings which have reported the unusually frequent breakout of kampung fires in major squatter settlements throughout Sabah.”
This, Musa said, was followed by stories of National Registration Department (NRD) mobile trucks quickly turning up and issuing new documents to the “fire victims”.
“One cannot blame the people for this growing suspicion when one’s own state government proposes policies such as establishing squatter colonies on a border island.
“Nonetheless, I welcome the recent decision by the police to open an investigation paper on the ‘citizenship drive’ linked to Warisan.
“I also propose an investigation paper on the multitude of squatter fires that started as early as June last year,” he said.
Musa said the people were not against giving bona fide documents to foreigners who have lived here for a considerable period of time, adding this was not a race issue.
“We are against the provision of documents such as MyKads to illegal immigrants who have encroached our borders recently and become fly-by-night citizens.
“This, if left unchecked, will pose a security threat and undermine the sovereignty of the nation,” he said.