Some 40 sea gypsies attended the community policing programme in Lahad Datu and were advised to tip off police on illegal activities.
Jannie Lasimbang declares that no native court or village chief is empowered to issue such documents to stateless sea gypsies.
Borneo Dayak Forum concerned over news that 10 fishermen abducted off Sabah had documents which are normally issued by the native court.
Philippine security forces claim no more held hostage with rescue of nine fishermen yesterday but some witnesses claim 11 people were kidnapped.
Kidnap-for-ransom groups usually target locals, tourists and business people but the latest victims are stateless foreign fishermen.
Persatuan Pengurusan Madrasah Al-Hikmah warns against destroying the Bajau Laut culture, and says the government should consult with them before trying to effect change.