Beware of fraudsters collecting data of undocumented foreigners, warns Kitingan

KOTA KINABALU: Anybody claiming to be collecting data of undocumented foreign workers and foreign nationals in Sabah is a fraudster, says Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

The Deputy Sabah Chief Minister said the proposed datafication process is still under review and has not commenced.

He said the next course of action to address the issue will only be determined later, he said in a statement on Saturday (June 11).

“As of now, the Sabah government has not assigned any department, agency or non-governmental organisation (NGO) to collect data.

“The special committee has not even presented its full report to the Sabah cabinet.

Kitingan said this in response to reports that certain quarters were carrying out such activities to gather information and getting payment from foreigners with the purpose of scamming them.

“I have received reports that there is a group that is carrying out this activity, issuing documents, and even charging up to RM300 per person.

“I implore the public not to be misled by these opportunists, who are only out to take advantage of these undocumented foreign workers and nationals,” he stressed.

A WhatsApp screenshot started circulating on Friday (June 10) alleging that a “datafication programme” is currently underway in the state capital.

“I warn any entity – particularly those involved in this syndicate – to stop the fraud immediately.

“Those who have been duped by them should lodge police reports so a proper investigation can be carried out right away,” Kitingan said.