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By Chris Maskilone

KOTA KINABALU: Upko Youth views seriously the spate of crime cases involving foreigners in the state.

The movement chief, Felix Joseph Saang said they have been monitoring the situation closely and were worried since quite a number of cases have already been reported.

“And it is only the first month of this year,” he said in a statement here today.

Felix Joseph Saang. SNT File Pix

Among these cases were the robbery attempt of a goldsmith using explosive in Segama, child hostage in Telipok Ria and the assault on a homestay operator in Tamparuli.

“We are thankful to the police for the swift actions in investigating, arresting and stopping the perpetrators,” he said.

“But, Upko Youth is concerned that almost all of these crime cases involved foreigners mostly illegals, We have to curb their presence in the state,” he said.

“It is also an open secret that many of them had already obtained Malaysian identification documents through the backdoor,” he said.

Felix recalled that a former state Police Commissioner had described the illegal immigrants as ‘the mother of all problems’ in Sabah.

In this respect, he said it had reinforced Upko’s call for a system to be put in place particularly recalling and reissuance of all identification cards issued in Sabah.

“This can certainly be a part of the solutions. By recalling the identity cards in Sabah it can ensure the integrity of the identification document,” he said.

The movement understood that the problem, which had plagued Sabah for so long could not be resolved within a short period of time, he said.

“So, the Government needs to take feasible and yet drastic efforts to address the problem.There is no two-way about it.

“We need to have a long-term solution to resolve the long withstanding problem in Sabah lest we are really sitting on a time bomb,” he said.-SabahNewsToday