KOTA KINABALU: An opposition assemblyman has urged the state and federal authorities to leave the problem of undocumented Filipino migrants in the hands of Philippines’ consular officials.
Tamparuli assemblyman Jahid Jahim said there was no need for the Home Ministry to issue the Temporary Sabah Pass to these migrants. Instead Philippines officials should assist their own countrymen in Sabah who are without identification papers.
He said the state and federal governments should hold a dialogue with the Philippines government in resolving the migrant problem.
Jahid said the Philippines Embassy’s mobile consular service was also already resolving the documentation of Filipino nationals in the state.
“This was based on a recent media report on Oct 15 that as many as 500 Filipinos had camped outside Luyang Hall here, a day before the mobile consular service was supposed to register them there.
“Instead, the police decided to intervene and stop the registration process following concerns raised by the public due to the presence of a large crowd of migrants in the area,” said Jahid while speaking at the state assembly today.
The federal government should give more focus on tighter border security to stop further illegal entry of Filipinos into Sabah, he said.