KOTA BELUD: UPKO Kota Belud division gives its support for the recalling of MYKads issued in Sabah to give way for a full probe before new identity cards are re-issued to legitimate citizens of Sabah.
UPKO Kota Belud Division Chief, Ewon Benedick, said UPKO members in Kota Belud are pleased with the statement from NRD Director, Ismail Ahmad, about the department’s preparedness to recall all MYKads issued in Sabah before re-issuing new ones after a full investigation.
“We welcome his (Ismail) statement, especially after the Royal Commision of Inquiry (RCI) findings on the issues of identification cards and illegals in Sabah were out.
“”The people of Sabah have been waiting for a solution for these problems as it affect the sovereignty of the country,” he said.
He gave his statement in UPKO Members Gathering Programme at Kg. Sukang, organized by UPKO branches from Kg. Sukang, Kg. Pahu, and Kg. Sumbilingan.
According to Ewon, the recall for all MyKads issued in Sabah is the stand taken by the three presidents of Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, announced in 24 March 2013 at Hongkod Koisaan during the launching of Tataba Programme by Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, and Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
“Pairin again stated his stand last month after receiving the letter of appointment as Technical Committee Chairman which was set up to provide solution input for these issues,” he said.
Ewon added that UPKO former president, Tan Sri Dompok has submitted a proposal for all identification cards issued in Sabah to be recalled when he was giving his testimony for the RCI, based on a comprehensive carried out by UPKO on 1,000 respondents.
“What we need is a strong political will from the nation’s executive leaders helmed by the Prime Minister. If he announces the same commitment as Sabah NRD director, I think we are heading for the right direction in solving these issues.
“UPKO members in Kota Belud are willing to be the first to return their MyKads for NRD to launch its investigation on the authenticity of documents as needed. A legitimate citizen does not have to worry about this,” he added.
In the programme, Ewon received 227 new membership applications for the party, represented by a former headmaster, Maikat Gindara.
Recently, Sabah NRD Director, Ismail Ahmad, said the department has the resources and manpower if the government decided to recall or re-issue new identification cards in the state.
While the department is prepared for the task, however, Ismail stressed that no decisions have yet been made in this matter. – SayangSabah