By CHLOE LIM
KOTA KINABALU: The move to issue the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) is a good initiative that could lead to more organised management in affairs involving foreign nationals in Sabah.
Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament Chan Foong Hin, however stressed that in order to achieve that, many aspects must first be taken into consideration.
The main problem that has become the concern of citizens’ is that Sabah has too many foreigners working in the many different fields, he pointed out.
“We need to have a proper calculation; we need to identify the amount of the illegal immigrants in Sabah, and to find out which field they are in the most, and whether they are working legally or not,” Chan said.
He however was quick to add that the illegal immigrant problem was inherited from previous government and that it would be difficult to recognise their citizenship status as many are already mistaken as locals due to their growing numbers.
“But we need to tackle the issue now and not just talk about it,” Chan the DAP lawmaker told reporters after officiating the Kota Kinabalu district-level Community @ Merdeka Carnival Ceremony held at Wisma Dang Bandang here, on Saturday.
“Once we have figured out the right numbers, then only can we develop good and comprehensive management. This is the first step that I feel is necessary, before moving forward to more in-depth discussions.”
On Friday, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the Committee on the Management of Foreign National has agreed to issue Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) to foreigners residing in Sabah starting June 1, 2020 to replace the three documents – the IMM13 pass, Census Certificate, and Kad Burung-Burung.
The move is to ensure more effective enforcement due to the availability of centralised and standardised data of immigrants. The PSS, which will be issued by the state Immigration Department, will have biometric, fingerprints, and profile picture.