Tuesday, October 7, 2008


No major problem on citizenship cases in Sarawak,says Manyin


Tebedu assemblyman Datuk Michael Manyin has not come across any major cases of people in his constituency having problems with their citizenship. The Sarawak Tourism Minister was of the opinion that cases concerning citizenship problem in his State was not as bad as those reported here. This was despite the fact that Sarawak has the longest border with Indonesia, he said when asked to comment on the citizenship cases highlighted by United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun and Murut Organization (UPKO) recently. “It is not as bad as here. So far we ave not come across any major cases. Even though Sarawak has the longest border with Indonesia and it is a very porous border, we probably have the least number of illegal immigrants,” he said. According to Manyin, he has not come across such case in his constituency. Meanwhile, Karanaan and Sook Assemblymen Datuk Masidi Manjun and Datuk Eliron Angin also have yet to receive any reports of their constituents facing problems with their citizenships. Masidi who is also Tourism,Culture and Environment Minister said so far, such problem has never happened in Karanaan. Eliron said he has yet to receive any official reports concerning such a problem from the people in Sock. The difficulty in getting citizenship for some people in Penampang and Papar as well as the stripping of a woman’s citizenship by the State National Registration Department (NRD) has resulted in Upko President Tan Sri Bernard Dompok calling for the department to be overhauled. State leaders both from Barisan Nasional (BN) and the Opposition were also in unison calling for the replacement of the State NRD and Immigration Directors with locals as they are in better position to understand the problems in Sabah.