KINABALU (5 October, 2008): The surname and address on his MyKad are the same as the ones
belonging to Sepanggar member of parliament Datuk Eric Majimbun, but
they are not related. Neither do they know each other.
The MyKad carries the name Jerome Majimbon and the address is Kampung
Pomotodon, Jalan Kionsom, Inanam.
In Sabah, people are regarded as having the same surname despite a
slight variation in spelling.
Majimbun said: "I was surprised because we don't have a relative with
such a name and the people in Kampung Pomotodon are unaware of the
existence of such a person in the village."
He found out that the man in question was a Filipino illegal immigrant
whose real name is Jerom Maguil.
Majimbun wants answers from the Home Ministry and the National
Registration Department (NRD) on how the man had obtained the MyKad
bearing the number 560930-12-5739.
"I have written to the secretary-general of the Home Ministry but I have
yet to receive a reply," he said yesterday.
He cited the case to support his contention that the issuance of fake
MyKad in Sabah was rampant.
He said a constituent of his was also given permanent resident status
despite being born in Sabah long before it had joined the federation of
"How is it possible that a Malaysian, who has been here for years and
years, is denied a MyKad and citizenship and yet there are many cases of
foreigners who obtain MyKad through dubious means?"
He said the government should set up a body to deal with issues related
to dubious MyKad holders.
He said there were many discrepancies in the issuing of MyKad by the NRD,
but nothing had been done to correct them. He said although the state
government had set up a committee to look into the matter, it had not
made a difference.
"The problem has been going on for more than 30 years. We should have a
computerised monitoring system but, since it is too late, we should
start at the beginning.
"A royal commission would be a good idea, but this has been rejected by
"In Sabah, we have the Sabah Registration of Births and Deaths Ordinance
1953 which states that all late registrations have to be done in court
proceedings through a first class magistrate. Has this really been
Majimbun, who is deputy president of the Sabah Progressive Party which
pulled out of Barisan Nasional, reiterated his call for a study on the
285 per cent growth in population in Sabah over 30 years. He heads the
party's foreigners and MyKad issues bureau.
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