Collecting digital data to address undocumented migrants in Sabah, says CM

Interior Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (front left) and Chief Minister of Sabah Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor (front right) during the closing of the Sabah Zone ‘Kita Demi Negara’ program at Likas Sports Complex in Kota Kinabalu on October 2, 2022. — Bernama photo

Sunday, October 02, 2022 7:07 PM MYT

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 2 – The seemingly endless problems of undocumented migrants in Sabah can soon be solved through digital data collection, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor has said.

He said that in addition to knowing the actual number of foreigners residing in the state, the data collected on all of them would also ensure that they had valid documents, allowing action to be taken against those who were undocumented in under existing laws.

“The next phase after data digitization is focused on document standardization to ensure that everyone in Sabah is properly documented,” he said at the closing ceremony of the “Kita Demi Negara” program of Sabah area hosted by the Ministry of Interior (KDN) which was attended by its Minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin at Likas Sports Complex today.

Meanwhile, Hajiji stressed that the government of Sabah would not compromise on efforts to improve security in the state, which was crucial given that Sabah had borders with several neighboring countries.

He said Sabah, as Malaysia’s second largest state, and with a long coastline and more than 40 islands, was exposed to all sorts of threats, including undocumented migrants, intrusions by foreign fishermen, international borders and citizenship issues.

Hajiji said the decision to establish General Operations Force (PGA) checkpoints in strategic areas inside Sabah was not only the right decision but also a proactive measure to stop external threats .

“KDN’s efforts to implement the Immigration Document Issuance and Immigration Post Registration Initiative with Pagalungan Immigration Post as a pilot project has made it easier for residents to obtain the services of the Malaysian Immigration Department as well as the National Registration Department — Bernama

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