The Sabah government, led by Parti Warisan Sabah, does not rule out the possibility of individuals from the opposition arranging for illegal immigrants to falsely seek assistance in getting MyKads.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Liew Vui Keong said this is part of the opposition leaders’ dirty tactics in winning back the rakyat’s support as they had run out of ideas due to their loss in the last general election.
“Warisan is never involved in helping illegal immigrants to get MyKads. We only organised a public mobile service programme whereby we would go down the ground to meet the people and attend to their grouses including lack of basic amenities,” he explained.
“The public mobile service programme should not be politicised. It is not a new thing as it had been organised by the previous government as well,” he said, adding that the current opposition leaders had used this as their ploy to paint the current Warisan government in bad light.
“I believe the MyKad issue which had gone viral on the internet is the work of the opposition,” he said in a statement, today.
Liew also said there had been individuals who had come forward with letters for various applications with identical format and font throughout the three mobile service programmes they conducted after he won the Batu Sapi Parliamentary.
“I decided to enquire where they got the letters done as I was curious due to the fact that many of them are illiterate,” he said.
“I was shocked to learn that they had their letters done in the town centre and they paid certain people to do the typing by paying anything from RM10 to RM100 for a simple letter or just to fill certain forms.
“I am very disturbed by this and had instructed my staff to investigate and lodge police reports against them, if necessary,” said Liew.
All these, for example, typing letters and filling application forms, can be done for free at the Batu Sapi Rakyat Mobile Service Centre, he said.
Liew said the public mobile service programme, which was done at various places in his constituency was to get the people closer to him, as their representative, without having to come to his office.
“It’s one way of getting rid of the formality and bureaucracy that hinder people from getting services from the various agencies,” said Liew.
Liew went on saying that they found there were many people who were still not aware of their citizenship application status despite being granted permanent residence or red identity cards as they are known.