Sabah native rights leader calls for multiple police reports on illegals

Sabah native rights leader Verdon Bahanda holds the police report he lodged in Kudat over structures allegedly built for illegal migrants.

KUDAT: A Sabah native rights leader has called on the community to file multiple police reports over the presence of illegal migrants in the state so authorities can take action.

Verdon Bahanda said the reports must be backed by evidence to facilitation investigation.

“There would be no more single reporting by a group. If there’s 100 people, everyone should lodge a report each,” he said here yesterday.

Bahanda was met at the Kudat police station after he had reported the existence of structures believed built to house illegal migrants in several villages in Matunggong and Kudat.

He said he was setting up an organisation to coordinate the reports so they would be able to tell how many had come forward.

This is his third initiative, following one to unite the indigenous communities in Sabah, and another to boycott products sold by illegal migrants.

Sabah leaders have engaged in a blame game over the presence of illegal migrants, with state opposition leader Jeffrey Kitingan accusing the Warisan-led government of being friendly to them.

It is estimated that about one-third of Sabah’s 3.9 million population comprises foreigners, including 136,055 holding the IMM13 refugee papers, Surat Burung-Burung and Census certificates.

A plan by the home ministry to implement a temporary Sabah pass (PSS) for these document holders was called off following the Kimanis by-election in January.

The pass was to have replaced the IMM13 refugee papers, Surat Burung-Burung and Census certificates, and renewal every three years with no limit to the number of renewals.

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