Datuk Musa Aman
KOTA KINABALU: Former chief minister Datuk Salleh Said Keruak has called on the Federal Government appoint a Sabahan to head the National Registration Department in the state, and revamp the department.
He said this was necessary to quash the public’s negative perceptions of the department with regard to citizenship status.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the suggestion by Salleh and others would be studied.
A furore has erupted in Sabah over the case of Yong Lee Hua who was issued a red identity card (permanent resident status) in replacement of her blue IC that was stolen in a supermarket in Penampang last year.
Yong, of Sino-Kadazan parentage, is regarded as a native.
Salleh said that downgrading the status of a native to that of a permanent resident was unacceptable. – NST Online