KOTA KINABALU: Recalling and reissuing all identification cards (ICs) that have been issued in Sabah will be too complicated, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
He said some political parties in Sabah have been pushing for the state to have its own IC.
“I think if we (Sabah) start talking about that, then if the other states are also asking for their own ICs like IC for Sarawak, IC for the other states in Malaya, then it would be too complicated,” he said when met by the media after witnessing the handing over ceremony of the new Kota Kinabalu Court Complex from the Federal Government to the State judiciary at Bukit Punai, here on Thursday.
“At this stage, we can look into the issue as to how we can identify the various people here who probably make up of people who do not have ICs.
“We have to come up with a formula on how we can resolve the issue of identifying whether you are Sabahans or illegal immigrants.”
On Thursday, United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) was reported reiterating its stand that all ICs in the State should be recalled and reissued or renewed.
Acting president and Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau suggested that the State Government should apply biometric technology to prevent the issuance of illegal ICs.
Tangau added that facial recognition technology should be used in the state’s registration system, similar to what has been done in countries like India.
He also denied allegations that Upko had been conspiring to grant citizenship documents to illegal immigrants.-SabahNewsToday