Friday, January 18, 2013

Sabah RCI 'buka pekong di dada'

Former PM Tun Dr Mohamad admitted that his government did issue Malaysian identification card to qualified Pinoys, and that he is willing to testify before the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) set up by PM Najib's government to investigate the issue in Sabah.

Those issue with the IDs, he said qualified after meeting all the standard procedures set by the law. Its fine to me.


Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, on the other hand advised the public not to speculate anything on the RCI findings, forgetting it is now becoming a political package for the opposition to hammer us in Barisan Nasional.

The RCI is fast back firing at the government, and at Umno. I believe some of us are getting worried since the general election is just around the corner.

Its just a matter of wrong timing and improper handling. Just like the failed 6P program introduced by the Home Ministry in August last year (it was fasting month and the duration was too short to cover more than 5 million foreigners in the country), the RCI was called when local politics are taking a new turn due to the rise of the opposition while national poll is expected within the next few months.

It looks more like we are submitting to demands from the opposition, which in the end strips us naked all around.

I thought the setting up of the RCI was merely to investigate the number of citizenship awarded to foreigners in Sabah since the mid 1970s and find solution to it - either to accept them as Malaysians or to determine other factors in picking the really qualified ones.

Of course we cannot be seen as being to harsh on them as many of them fled their country, notably the war-torn southern Philippines during the 1970s and 1980s. They were refugees, just like the Bosnians whom we brought in and granted with PR status during the 1990s.

The Commission, to me, is suppose to carry out investigation by betting the exact number of foreigners in Sabah, including their family members and those given Malaysian citizenship.

Instead, the RCI is fast becoming a 'court' by reprimanding those involved in the 'IC project' without having a summary as to how the matter should be solved. Its more like pointing fingers and implicating those behind it.

All eight terms of reference under the RCI also did not mention anything about finding ways to solve the issue, except for conducting inquiries and to enquire. Nothing was stated about effort to solve the problems.

Of course the setting up of the Commission reflects the sincerity of BN government to address the matter but one question remains unanswered - how are we going to settle it? Is it by revoking all the ICs, applying a new method to determine those really qualified or to send home some of them?

The manner in which the inquiry is being conducted is like bringing out the dead from the graves and leave them to 'go back' by themselves.

We got to understand the situation. These people have been here for decades, some already holding senior government position and elected to party positions, including in Umno Sabah. Some have with them their parents, grandchildren and children of their own, born, studied and grew up in the State.

Most of them are still without valid indentification documents. What are going to do with them? Flush them out?

The CRI too should cover the Peninsula as similar problems occur. While the Home Ministry, via its Immigration Dept imposes strict measure on foreigners, they are short-handed at its enforcement level, thus providing enough space for the foreigners, especially from Indonesia, to establish their own settlements in many places, including Batang Kali, Ulu Langat and Sabah Bernam.

And they too have the aged and children. The 6P did not give emphasis to determine the number of illegal immigrants and foreigners in the country as it was only meant to register the legal and illegal immigrants, and not to set up a data bank on their spouses, parents and children.

The opposition, believe me, will start to point fingers at Dr Mahathir, Najib and others as those responsible for the immigration 'chaos' in Sabah. Names like former Sabah chief minister Harris Salleh and former Deputy Home Minister Megat Junid Megat Ayob are now high on the Commission's 'wanted list'.

About 167 witnesses will testify before the RCI 'court'. Just like the Suhakam inquiry into Bersih 3.0, the RCI can expect more answer that could implicate our previous governments. Like it or not, it bears negative impact on BN in facing the next general election.

So, what is the solution once the RCI completes its 'trial' on the witnesses?

15 comments:

on the dot said...

yeah man!

find a solution instead of pointing fingers.

if they are qualified citizens, just recognise them. if not, send them home.

si pitak said...

jai,

mkini reported that those given the IDs were asked to vote for barisan nasional.

it was totally absurd as they were given the citizenship because they are qualified after staying in the country for so many years and met all requirements.

mkini and the opposition will spin everything about it and will put the blame on the previous and current governments.

we also keep on issuing citizenship and PR to qualified foreigners who meet all criteria. so, if the opposition think we issue these foreigners malaysian citizenship for votes, they are totally wrong and should apologise to tun dr mahathir and others.

penangan said...

salam tn,

tak pernah pun kita berikan status kerakyatan dengan mengenakan syarat agar mereka menyertai mana2 parti dalam barisan nasional dan mengundi parti kerajaan dalam setiap pilihanraya umum, seperti didakwa oleh pembangkang.

di mana2 negara pun, jika orang luar yang memohon taraf kerakyatan itu layak menerimanya, maka mereka diberikan juga.

jadi, tak perlulah pembangkang memutarbelitkan isu ini.

tauke lim said...

we must apply strict control on issuing citizenship to foreigners. many of them qualify but we have to be careful also. some of them are having bad record in their own country.

that also u dont know aaar!!!

Anonymous said...

are there still malaysians and thais who hold dual citizenship?

i understand that the matter has been solved a few years ago but i found out many are still having it.

apart from sabah, i agree with you that the RCI should cover the whole nation as there are also many such cases in west malaysia.

why sabah only?

Mat Bon said...

Yang jadi Pemimpin UMNO ni pun satu.
1 ... kita lah yang jadi hero nak buat RCI nih,
2 ... kita lah yang bagi date, dekat dengan PRU nih,

Kalau dah tau tahi-tahi akan keluar - apalah salah kalau kita sendiri yang buka dulu. Boleh lah MSM goreng2 supaya baunya sedap. Ini tidak, kita tolol tunggu RCI ni expose ... kemudian baru nak suruh bloggers spin menyepin. Tidak kah tolol namanya tu

Anonymous said...

Demand for RCI how 1m Chinese and Indians were given Malaysian Citizenship during pre Merdeka period.

Anonymous said...

I disagree with you on the buka pekong thing, bujai.

I agree with si pitak and penangan.

And I want to hahaha at Anon 641 demanding RCI for the 1 million Chinese and Indians at Merdeka.

And we should have an RCI for those demanding RCI willy nally, hahaha.

Anonymous said...

I used to think DS Najib too lembik kow towing to the demands of the unreasonable blokes.

But we have seen the plus points he got out of, say, repealing some so-called archaic laws - about the only ones not archaic is Anwar Al Juburi (pangkat Mat Sabu beri).

Despite Obama still unable to close down Guantanamo Bay detention without trial, Najib discarded ISA, and got quite some praise locally and internationally. Praise may not be material but votes are, and I think such praise will translate into some votes at PRU13. And there is a replacement to ISA though I don't know how effective the new laws may be.

Similarly, setting up the Sabah Immigration RCI would have got praise and some votes for Najib. And we don't lose - it's not buka pekong, as I shall explain shortly.

Anonymous said...

Bujai,

Here are the reasons (based on conversations with "people in the know" and on news reports) why I think it's not "buka pekong di dada":

1. Those so-called "witnesses" said to be "mendedahkan pekong" were NOT witnesses. They were "mendedahkan jenayah tipu helah" - they were criminals who were arrested and detained under ISA for manufacturing and selling fake ICs.

2. The ex-criminals were allowed to "testify" to show the public that the RCI was fair, would listen to all sides of the story. What matters is not what these ex-criminals say, but what the RCI Members assess and evaluate what the ex-criminals say in their findings after completion of the hearings.

3. The RCI news reports did say they were ex-ISA detainees, the blokes concerned admitted they were detainees involved in the fake ICs "business". Yesterday's report even said that the Sabah National Registration Dept (NRD) Director did what he did - in cahout with the criminal "businessmen" - on his own accord, NOT on the direction of NRD HQ KL.

4. Approvals for permanent stay are done ONLY IN KL, and, after some 10 years of stay, those with PR status (like the Filipino Moro Islamic Liberation Front war refugees who were given permanent stay on IMM13 status) may apply for citizenship, and such approvals for citizenship are also DONE IN KL.

5. That's why one of those ex-ISA detainee "witnesses" said (perhaps in order to put up a front for those wanting to buy ICs) he and his accomplices went to KL, stayed in a private house, did the "manufacturing" with the necessary equipment and material (printing IC forms, typing of particulars, signing the fake ICs etc), then brought them to Sabah "for lamination" and sale.

6. There cannot be hundreds of thousand official approvals of permanent stay and citizenship by the normal process of the Government authorities. But a "factory" doing the "manufacturing of such fake ICs can produce ICs in those numbers. That's why when detected, the criminals were straightaway sent to detention under ISA, to immediately stop their operation. If arrested under the ordinary laws, they will get released on bail and would have been able to manufacture hundreds of thousands more fake ICs.

7. Only the NRD HQ KL knows the serial numbers of the fake ICs and many have been withdrawn as and when detected over the past many years. Instead of making so much noise, the Opposition blokes should have helped look out for the remaining fake ICs still in circulation, make Police reports as and when they find them. They can easily get advice from the NRD as to the serial numbers that are fake, then devise some means for detecting them, in consultation with the Police etc.

Of course they don't and won't do those. Plin and simple blaming the Police etc for not doing the job of detecting the hundreds of thousands of fake ICs circulating all over the large state of Sabah and all over the country. As the business of the Opposition parties in Malaysia has been and will continue to be just making noise, hardly any constructive criticism, or making joint efforts at, say, combating crimes. Heck, they even oppose the AES traffic system - just for he sake of opposing. Sad. Very sad.

But the whole Sabah RCI episode will not open any pekong except of the fake ICs criminals. I think in agreeing to set up the RCI, Najib scored many points which will again translate into votes for BN at PRU13.

Anonymous said...

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is correct. We follow the rule of law !

Anonymous said...

i just want to say that this this is BN's big blunder.

they should have known how mean and how bad the PR team are. even if everything are true and follow regulations, they will simply spin and create bad perception towards the government. now, that's a lembik government will get. i have no respect towards such lembik government.

Jabalnur said...

Anon 6:41 PM

Ahli2 UMNO masih tidor... mantan PM Tun M DAH BAGI HINT....

Lepas PAU semua ahli UMNO( balik tidor...atau sibuk nak cari jalan supaya dipilih jadi calon.

Ketua Pemuda UMNO dah kona baring, bagi bola tanggung kat tuan punya passport.

Saya sokong sangat RCI yang disyor Tun M di tubuhkan. Dan salah satu tujuan adalah bagi menilai penerima2 kerakyatan yang sejuta tu dan keturunan mereka bolih ke bertutur Bahasa Melayu?

Alan Newman said...

Sabah is Malaysia's biggest tragedy, A resource-rich state has grown into the poorest. It has the biggest UMNO membership in the Country after Aliens-turned-residents almost approached 1 million. Alien-voting & election rigging. Almost 1 million IC given to foreigners to vote against genuine citizens of Sabah. Crime and treason by Mahathir? All these to support the corruption, plunder, thefts & crimes of BN? An economist at Morgan Stanley stated that M’sia might have lost as much as US$100 bill since the early 80s to corruption (=RM300 billion = RM300,000 million)

Alan Newman said...

Dr MM has destroyed Sabah, solely to make UMNO supreme, to plunder on and on. Astronomical Apartheid (giving resources to one race and not to others). Deception (control of media to fool the electorate). Gerrymandering and election rigging to steal elections. Hijacked & destroyed the Judiciary. Human right abuse, torture & suspected murders; what happenedd to Sabah CM Donald Stephen? Mismanagement & corruption (An economist at Morgan Stanley assessed M’sia might have lost US$100 bil since the early 80s to corruption (=RM300 bil = RM300,000 million) and Treason - granting national IC to aliens to get votes to stay in power and plunder on. Yet not a trace of humility and remorse, walking & talking proud, playing God. Call for his arrest now, to be charged !