They said the ministry must take into account the feelings of Sabahans.
“The mechanism to determine whether or not to give them identification documents, such as the MyKad, must be clearly spelt out,” he said.
Mohd Shafie, who is also Semporna MP and Rural and Regional Development Minister, said stateless children who were entitled should be given the documents to enable them to have access to education.
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the issue of stateless children should be resolved soon.
“They are here because many of their parents, who are illegal immigrants, have either abandoned them or left them when they were arrested or deported to their countries of origin,” said Liew, who is Sandakan MP and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.
Meanwhile, United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said he was confident that the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Sabah's illegal immigrants would materialise.
“I don't anticipate any change to the Cabinet's decision,” Dompok, who is also the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, said yesterday.