KOTA KINABALU - The Sedition Act should be invoked on those involved in providing ICs to illegal immigrants through the back door instead of using it indiscriminately on political opponents of the Government.
Sabah Reform Movement (APS) Chief-cum-Tamparuli Assemblyman, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, said the issue must be tackled right from the root.
"No stones should be left unturned in bringing the culprits to justice because issuance of ICs to illegal immigrants and unqualified foreigners is treason since it compromised the sovereignty of the country," he said here, Sunday.
Bumburing, in supporting the proposal to issue a new IC for every bona fide Sabahan in view of the gravity and seriousness of the situation, also suggested that the Federal Government set up a working committee for the purpose.
"The Federal Government owes the people of Sabah a definitive action to resolve this issue once and for all. The ICs that were illegally issued to foreigners, as reported in the RCI, must be recalled and declared null and void," he said.
"The State National Registration Department (NRD) Director has said that the department is capable of carrying out the directive of the Government if it decides to recall and reissue all ICs in Sabah.
"I am reminding the Federal Government that if the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah is left unresolved, sooner than later, there will be a reverse takeover of the State.
"The Tanduo intrusion should be looked at more than just a wake-up call for the Government. It is a stark reminder of a real situation waiting to happen.
"The illegal immigrant issue is indeed a time bomb for Sabah and Malaysia just waiting to explode.
Bumburing also welcomed the statement by State NRD Director Ismail Ahmad that the department was up to the task of recalling and issuing the new ICs for genuine Sabahans.
"This reflects a very high level of integrity and commitment not only on the department that he heads but especially his personal integrity as a government servant.
"I have been following closely how he handles the illegal immigration problem in Sabah and the way he approaches it. His exposure on the huge number of illegal immigrants holding ICs in Keningau without fear or favour is most commendable.
"It leads to the question as to why the problem existed for so long without being noticed or detected by the relevant authorities and without any action taken.
"The illegal ICs in Keningau are only the tip of the iceberg," said Bumburing.