KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the Sabah Master Committee on Migrant Management set two priorities to combat the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah.
Musa who is also chairman of the permanent committee which was set up following the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report on illegal immigrants in Sabah said one of the aspects was to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants into Sabah through tighter and more effective control at the border. The second aspect said Musa was to repatriate illegal immigrants by empowering enforcement and to expedite the process of repatriation by obtaining the cooperation of the foreigner’s country of origin.
“At the same time, I want to take the opportunity to remind all parties to give their full cooperation to the government’s efforts. We do not want any parties to undermine the country in our effort to combat illegal immigrants,” he told reporters after chairing the first committee.
Present were Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is the joint-chairman and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. According to Musa, the act of bringing in illegal immigrants, providing them employment and harbouring them at their premises, could be construed as acts of sabotage against the government’s national agenda.
He said enforcement agencies had been given the mandate to not compromise and to act firmly against employers, protectors and syndicates found infringing the law.
According to Musa, since January this year, 18 employers were arrested under the related offences and 12 of them had been issued compounds while six others were charged in court. “The people have been urged to give their cooperation and not to undermine the operation of enforcement personnel in safeguarding the interests of the people,” he said.