KOTA KINABALU – Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has ordered the immigration department director-general to station officers at airports in Sabah to conduct random card scans to prevent any quarters flying to peninsular Malaysia using fake cards.
The Deputy Prime Minister said through such an action, the authorities would be able to know or detect earlier, whether the identity card used by a person was ‘authentic’ or original, or otherwise.
He said the Home Ministry (KDN), through the National Registration Department (NRD) and immigration department had taken some action primarily at the entrance and exit of airports.
“We are in the peninsula, we need to show identity cards to go to Sabah and Sarawak. So, this method is actually applied at the airport exits (in Sabah),” he told reporters during a visit to the Sabah police contingent headquarters (IPK) here today.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, was replying to a question from a journalist on the possibility of ISIS and DAESH members using Sabah to obtain a fake identity card and using it to infiltrate into the peninsula.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman and Sabah Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Razarudin Husain.
According to Ahmad Zahid, in addition to enforcement at the airport, the government prior to this had taken certain steps and measures to ensure fake identity card holders did not give the slip to the NRD and immigration department.
Among the measures, he said, included investigations into several syndicates issuing fake identification cards which subsequently, led to several arrests, and investigations conducted by NRD and the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP).
He said the KDN, through NRD and RMP had opened investigation papers on syndicates selling fake identity cards.
The KDN would continue to monitor the situation through an enforcement unit in NRD, in collaboration with the RMP, added Ahmad Zahid.
On why Sabah became the focus of fake identity cards, the Deputy Prime Minister said: “Due to the syndicates….because of the influx of foreign workers and the labour force from neighbouring countries, which are extremely close by…it is enough to make this happen”.
“There is no day without enforcement. (For) the Immigration Department of Malaysia ‘there is no day without an operation’. This is our tag-line,” he stressed – BERNAMA