SIBU: An opposition leader here was yesterday told to stop speculating about legalising illegal immigrants.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said no one else, except Lanang PKR chief George Chen, was talking about such a possibility.
“No one, not my ministry nor the Registration Department, talked about legalising illegal immigrants. I hope the gentleman (Chen) is not going to mislead the people and create misconception about this,” he told The Borneo Post here yesterday.
Wan Junaidi made this comment in response to Chen’s recent statement that if illegal immigrants were legalised, they would compete with locals for jobs and deprive locals of their rights, especially in education and health care.
Chen insisted at a press conference here that illegal immigrants must be arrested, prosecuted, and deported as they posed a lot of problems to the country.
Wan Junaidi said his ministry’s focus now was on enhancing efforts to register ‘stateless’ Malaysian children and young adults who do not have birth certificates.
“Consequently, they are unable to get MyKads. This has stopped them from entering school, getting benefit and privileges that every young Malaysian is entitled to.”
In an earlier interview, Santubong MP Wan Junaidi said the ministry had an outreach programme to help those who had not registered their children at birth.
He noted cases of late registration was more prevalent in the rural areas, and as such the outreach programme would be an ongoing initiative.-theborneopost