In the past four decades, the population of Sabah has increased by almost five folds (from 650,000 in 1970 to 3.12 million in 2010), much of it consists of illegal immigrants or their descendants.
Such population implosion has not only created unbearable strain on Sabah's social and economic fabric, but it has also stripped original Sahahans of their sovereignty, in that a large chunk of its present electorate are made up of these illegal immigrants who have been illicitly granted voting rights through a massive clandestine operation known as ‘Project M' (M stands for Mahathir).
In a rare display of judicial independence under former prime minister Dr Mahathir, Justice Muhammad Kamil Awang's judgment (HERE) annulled the Likas election in Sabah in June 2001. Muhammad in his judgment chronicled details of a massive illicit campaign to convert illegal immigrants into voters through the unlawful issue of blue ICs and the unlawful registration of these IC holders into the electoral rolls.
“I tell you, it has come to stage when these PTIs (‘pendatang tanpa izin’ or illegal immigrants) dare to speak out. I hear it every day from the people. When they fight for a place to sell vegetables at the markets, our locals are driven out. Yesterday when our locals fought back and said, ‘this is our country’, these foreigners retaliated and said, ‘No, we will be taking over your state very soon’," said Wilfred Bumburing.
"When our officers reprimand them at government departments, they retort, ‘don’t you be so conceited. Our people will be in your seats soon’. These illegals are costing us our resources, causing health, social problems, they bring drugs and they bring disease to Sabah. But the most important thing is that our sovereignty has been breached and the government has not done anything."
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced yesterday that the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah will be headed by former chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak Steve Shim.
The other commission members are former Universiti Malaysia Sabah vice-chancellor Kamaruzaman Ampon, former Sabah attorney-general Herman Luping, former Sabah state secretary KY Mustafa and former Kuala Lumpur police chief Hendry Chin.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said that the RCI would serve no purpose and would harm the BN no matter what the the commission's findings were.
“If the findings fall in favour of the government, the opposition will say it’s manipulated and if it is against, the government will get it in the neck,” he said. At least he is aware of THAT part of the anatomy at “stake”!
The RCI announced today will be tasked to investigate the number of foreigners granted citizenship in the East Malaysian state and whether this had been done in accordance with the law. Eight TERMS OF FERERENCE were spelled out. HERE
WHY PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE. THE RCI SHOULD IMMEDIATELY DETERMINE IF THE FRAUDALENT GRANTING OF IC TO ILLEGAL IMMAGRANTS IS A TREASONOUS ACT. ONCE THIS IS ESTABLISHED THE OTHER PIECES WOULD INVARIABLY FALL INTO PLACE.Maybe some legal eagles could enlighten us on this pressing dilemma