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Sabah helps Children without Documents through Legalization Program

Date: 12 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

KOTA KINABALU, Mar 12 (Bernama) - Children born in Sabah and categorised as foreigners even though one of their parents were local residents, will be given aid through a legalisation programme which will ensure a better future for them.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the strong humanitarian values which were the foundation for his government would benefit this group as they had the right to a better future.

However, he said, the procedure was tight, which included the applicant having to prove that the child was born in Sabah and one of the parents was a local resident before further action is taken.

Shafie who is also the Member of Parliament for Semporna said allegations that the government had tried to provide illegal immigrants with identity cards through the legalisation programme was untrue.

“It must be cleared that if either of the parents was a Malaysian, then we must help their children.

"We will help and identify the problem, if the parents are foreigners, we will send them back to their country of origin, but if the child was born in Sabah, either of the parents is from Sabah, then we will not send them anywhere,” he said in a statement today.

Mohd Shafie said every child born in Sabah and had blood ties with Sabah will be provided for.

At the Dewan Rakyat sitting today, the Home Ministry lambasted Sabah opposition for labeling the Sabah state government’s efforts to help this group as a programme to provide illegal immigrants with identity cards.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Azis Jamman who is also Sepanggar Member of Parliament said the legalisation programme would fail if the opposition continued to make such false accusations.

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