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The Ant Daily: Curbing foreign births? Stop the illegals first!

PETALING JAYA: A Sabah assemblyman has urged the government to consider a mechanism to control birth among foreigners in the state, especially illegal immigrants, as a means to prevent stateless children.

The Daily Express reported that Kiulu Assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, who is worried that uncontrolled birth among foreigners would lead to locals being outnumbered, has suggested that a specific clause specifying that they are not allowed to give birth in the state be included in their work passes.

Shouldn’t the emphasis first be on preventing illegal immigrants in the first place?

Does that mean it is alright to enter the country illegally, but not give birth?

If what Bangkuai is reported to have said is correct, how would you impose a clause in a work pass on illegal immigrants who would not have any work pass in the first place?

Why not go a step further and do what is done to animals; just spay and neuter them upon entry?

But even that will not affect illegal immigrants who enter the country undetected.

And what about the professional expatriates brought into the country? Would this apply to them too, or is it meant only for the ‘lowly’ foreign employees?

Development of Human Resources for Rural Areas (DHRRA) president Saravanan M Sinapan, laughed it off when he heard about Bangkuai’s suggestion.


“If you put it in the work pass, there is no point as many come in with a legal work pass but disappear after that, hence becoming illegal,” he told theantdaily.

“That is why the government launched amnesty programmes like the 6P programmes (the legalisation and amnesty process for illegal foreign workers). Even among locals, you can’t prevent teenagers from running away and getting pregnant, how can you control the foreigners?” he asked.

Saravanan said the National Registration Department issues a red birth certificate to foreigners and a green birth certificate to locals but that problems arise with children born out of wedlock.

“The problem is when illegal immigrants and legal workers have children out of wedlock where one parent is Malaysian.

“If the mother of the child born out of wedlock is Malaysian, the child automatically is Malaysian but if the father is Malaysian and the mother is a foreigner, the child is stateless as the nationality of a child born out of wedlock always follows that of the mother,” he said.

What should the government do?

“The government needs to educate Malaysians on this issue. There are also many Malaysians who for two or three generations have remained undocumented. Their children will also become undocumented with their status akin to being stateless. If this is not resolved, the problem will always be there,” said Saravanan.

Bangkuai was quoted as saying that the authorities must check on this matter as “these people are here to earn a living legally, not multiply”.

“The locals are planning because we depend on our ability to make ends meet but for the illegal immigrants they simply don’t care to the extent their children end up begging on the street,” Bangkuai reportedly said.

Yes, stateless children are a problem but Bangkuai’s suggestion is akin to putting the cart before the horse.

Without illegal immigrants, the problem would reduce significantly.

There are huge numbers of Illegal immigrants in the country as the various amnesty programmes and detainees in detention camps prove.

The emphasis thus should logically be on eradicating this problem first before even birth control issues.

– See more at: http://www.theantdaily.com/Main/Curbing-foreign-births-Stop-the-illegals-first#sthash.ld523nYI.KcQ4R51r.dpuf

Last updated on 17/11/2014 – 14:48
15/11/2014 – 08:00

Sonia Ramachandran

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