There were more than 50,000 illegal immigrants in Bintulu but only half of them have been been identitified or registered with the relevant authories said Bintulu Resident.

“More than 50,000 illegal immigrants in Bintulu have been identified, only 25,000 of them have registered,” Bintulu Resident Dr Razali Abon told a media conference held in his office in Bintulu yesterday.

Some of these immigrants have been found to be involved in criminal activities, but the lack of police manpower making it difficult to handle problems relating to them he said.

Bintulu Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Tiong King sing who were also present at the media conference said he hope to see a better security in the country in 2009, calling the police and people to work together.

He said citizens must have trust in the police and should not hesitate to offer information that could help in bringing criminals to book.

“If you have given your full cooperation but the police did not do their job accordingly, I know what to do,” he said.

“The people must understand that the country’s security is a joint responsibility that should be shouldered by everyone, especially when it comes to fighting crime,” he added.