Thousands of “stateless” people in Sabah will be issued green MyKad by the National Registration Department (NRD) office in Sabah. It seems 30,000 so-called stateless people will be ssued these green MyKad.
Apparently, these green MyKad is strictly for those with Malaysian birth certificates who are born in Sabah and usually in their birth certificates, there is no information about the parents or details about the parents’ nationality or documentation status. Thousands of Filipinos and Indonesians in Sabah are paperless, illegal immigrants or their children born in Sabah who are stateless because the parents did not enter Sabah lawfully.
According to the NRD officials it does not mean that green MyKad holders (or those obtaining it) have been granted citizenship status as they are only temporary residents and not Malaysians.
So, what is the real objective of this exercise? Is it to solve the Malaysian local citizenship problems or is it an exercise in granting permanent status and citizenship to aliens or is not an open licence to legalise aliens in Sabah?
The Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar shed shed some light on this issuance of Green MyKad in Sabah. Any ommision or the lack of it could be construed as another exercise to grant de facto citizenship to illegal aliens. It could also mean a new version of Project “M” on the cards.