Monday, August 13, 2012
Anwar rejected RCI for Sabah in 1994
They even mocked PM Najib's announcement on Saturday for the commission to look deeply into the immigrant problems in the state, lambasting it as his political gimmick to win Sabah in the next general election.
However, age is fast catching up on Anwar. He has forgotten one true fact about the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the influx of foreigners in Sabah.
So, let's remind him.
In 1994, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim - as the deputy prime minister - strongly rejected the formation of a RCI to investigate issues arising from the influx of illegal immigrants to Sabah.
It was proposed by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS). Party president Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan was first to campaign about its set up, brought it to the Cabinet but was shot down by Anwar who said it was not yet necessary.
And today, Anwar sings a different tune to Najib's RCI just because he was sacked by Mahathir's Cabinet and is now budding with DAP and PAS.
However, there is a strong reason for his rejection in 1994. Many didn't know about it but some do.
He was (and still) very close to the Philippines government. After a few visits to Manila, the self-proclaimed 'Jose Rizal of Malaysia' managed to con and convince them that the Pinoys in Sabah would be protected and given proper assistance.
Those from Mindanao were the ones who gained Anwar's utmost attention. At that time, he had a close relationship with Nur Misuari, the leader of Moro Liberation Front. Misuari himself was given the assurance that his people in Sabah were safe and would not be flushed out of the country.
Anwar is actually worried with Najib's announcement. Why? His relation with Philippines former President Estrada and Ms Aquino would be at stake should the commission decides on sending home all unregistered Filipinos.
That is why he preferred a call of to the effort and put the full blame on Dr Mahathir. Wasn't he part of TDM Cabinet then, the one who opposed the setting up of the RCI?