Thursday, July 10, 2008

THURSDAY 10 JULY 2008- ILLEGALS: COPS READY FOR BLITZ

Illegals: Cops ready for blitz
Documentation, detention, deportation processes to be discussed further before launch:CP
KOTA KINABALU:
Police are ready mentally, physically and in terms of strength for the planned massive operation to weed out illegal immigrants in Sabah, according to State Police Commissioner Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim. In giving the assurance yesterday, Noor Rashid however stressed that before the operation is launched, proper planning must first be done to ensure everything goes according to plan. “When it comes to solving issues pertaining to illegal immigrants, proer planning is crucial. It is not an easy task as there are a lot of things which need to be looked into,” he told the media after launching the Smart Reader Kids’ safety awareness campaign at the Sabah Police Headquarters in Kepayan. Noor Rashid said he has met Chief Minister Datuk Sen Musa Aman recently and they will meet again to discuss details of the proposed operation within a couple of days.He said among issues which would be further discussed are processes concerning documentation, detention and deportation, as well as those pertaining to stateless people. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Sen Najib Tun Razak had recently announced that the Government would be launching a massive operation to flush out illegal immigrants in Sabah soon. The operation would cover all identified foreign nationals who have no valid personal identification documents either from their homeland or from the Malaysian Government, and that they would be deported to the countries that are willing to accept them. Realising that illegal immigrants problem was a complex issue in Sabah, Najib said the deportation of foreign nationals from the State would be dealt with step by step. The integrated operation will be carried out with the collaboration from other agencies, including the Immigration Department and National Registration Department. Noor Rashid said: “We (police) would be doing the arresting while matters concerning screening and documentation will be handled by the Immigration. “But first, we would have to sit down and plan the best we can before launching such a massive operation. We want everything to be under control,” he said.. Noor Rashid said issues concerning street children is under the purview of the State Welfare Department. “We are just helping out in terms ofs√§ving these children from menaces on the streets,” he said. To date, none of the children are involved in serious crimes, and they are mainly involved in selling four- digit results, contraband cigarettes and begging, he said. “We cannot arrest these children as it is against the Child Act, and that is why our operations are done on the streets to save them from indulging in serious crimes,” he said, adding that the children comprise both locals and foreigners.

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