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2009 Aug 28 - SAPP: Set up task force for citizenship of elderly Sabahans<

SAPP: Set up task force for citizenship of elderly Sabahans

Kota Kinabalu, Aug 28, 2009: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) elected representatives, Datuk Liew Teck Chan, Datuk Eric Majimbun and Melanie Chia has called for the setting up of a special task force to solely look into the citizenship issue of many elderly Sabahans.

The party's Deputy Presidents. Liew and Eric as well as its Wanita Movement Chief, Melanie were of the opinion that back logged cases pertaining to citizenship applications by those born before Malaysia was formed can be expedited through the special task force.

Eric, who is Sepanggar Member of Parliament, said that he had, in Parliament, suggested the Government set up the special task force not only to look into the citizenship issue but also application of Malaysian Identity Cards by Sabahans.

Liew, the Likas Assemblyman added that the special task force must be headed by a Sabahan as the person would be in a better position to understand the situation in Sabah .

All three elected representatives including Melanie who is Luyang assemblywoman, however were disappointed with the delay by the National Registration Department (NRD) in processing the citizenship applications especially for those who have been in Sabah before Independence .

Some of these people are already in their eighties and they are still holders of Red ICs. They have tried repeatedly to apply for a Malaysian citizenship which, according to the law, is automatic to those who have been in Sabah before the formation of Malaysia , Melanie said.

According to her, SAPP Luyang office has more than 50 cases of citizenship application and most are from the elderly.

"Yesterday they saw in the newspaper that 10 people have obtained their Malaysian citizenship and most of the applicants were either foreigners who married Sabahans or were the children of such a union.

"What saddens them is that they have tried again and again to obtain their citizenship but were unable to. Then you get these people who were have been in Sabah for less than 20 years getting the citizenship. It is very frustrating for them," she said.

Melanie said her office had called up the NRD office here to find out the status of the 50 cases and were informed that the applications have been sent to Kuala Lumpur and were with the Minister.

"The NRD here don't even know about the cases. It seems like the office here is just the post office which collects the applications and sending them to the head quarters," she stressed.

Liew in supporting Melanie pointed out these applicants were also asking why were only 10 applications from Sabah approved when there are thousands more waiting for news.

"We are happy for the 10 who obtained their citizenship but at the same time feel sorry for the others who have yet to receive any news pertaining to their applications," he said adding that NRD should be looking at all applications based on the merits of the applicants and not through which political party that submits them.

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SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

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