73-Day Countdown to 13GE – Is Sabah RCI into illegal immigrants going to be “an exercise in futility” as it is intended to whitewash and suppress the truth?


With the Sabah Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into illegal immigrants beginning its second week of public hearings tomorrow, the question posed by the former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim deserves attention – whether the RCI would prove to be “an exercise in futility” as it is merely intended as a whitewash and a “sandiwara” by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail to suppress the truth in the “citizenship-for-votes” scandals in the Land Below the Wind?

None of the RCI’s eight terms of reference is directed to identity those responsible for the treacherous acts against the country or for the RCI to propose any action to be taken on those responsible.

So far, there has no response to Mat Zain’s call on the Inspector-General of Police to open investigation papers following the revelations in the RCI that the late Megat Junid Megat Ayob and Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin were involved in Ops Durian Buruk, as they involved betrayal and acts of treason of the highest order.

Citing his own case in June 2000, when he was heading the KL CID, Mat Zain said the police initiated investigations against the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir immediately after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lodged a report on the day the former director-general of the Anti-Corruption Agency, Shafee Yahaya, gave his evidence during a civil trial, citing the then PM for abuse of power for closing its probe on former Economic Planning Unit director-general Ali Abul Hassan.

Mat Zain said: “What I intend to emphasise here is that police investigations commenced immediately in that instance, without having to wait for the trial to be over or for a decision to be made by the court.

“Similarly, in the revelations made during the current Sabah RCI, the IGP need not wait for any clearance from anybody to investigate the matter.

“In fact, he should have simultaneously announced what the police intend to do once the information was made public.”

Mat Zain said: “Now that former Sabah National Registration Department director, Ramli Kamaruddin and former Tamparuli NRD chief Yakup Damsah have implicated the late Megat Junid and Abdul Aziz, both known as Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s right-hand men then, and also the revelation of Ops Durian Buruk between 1992-1995 by Mohd Nasir Sugip, police must commence full scale investigations.

‘The police need not wait for the RCI to be over or for the RCI report to be completed. The police need not wait for anyone to lodge a police report before making their move. The police can and must act on their own motion. The revelations made are too devastating to stomach.

“These are cheating, betrayal and acts of treason of the highest order that have threatened national security and our sovereignty.”

Mat Zain posed the question whether the lack of police action on the revelations of the Sabah RCI about the crimes of cheating, betrayal and treason is because of the joint intention by Najib and Gani to protect the real traitor involved in Ops Durian Buruk and the “citizenship-for-votes” scandals.

Mat Zain asked whether the witnesses who had given “sensational testimonies” and who are actually accomplices of a crime had been given assurances and protection that action would not be taken against them in court or they would not have been brave enough to make the startling revelations without fear of being prosecuted or sent back to their countries.

Is Mat Zain right when he said: “What we are seeing is the beginning of a drama, with Gani playing his role like he did in the black-eye RCI, the VK Lingam RCI and Teoh Beng Hock RCI.”

Sabahans and Malaysians will be looking for answers to these questions by Mat Zain with the resumption of the Sabah RCI public hearings tomorrow.

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  1. #1 by cintanegara on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 12:31 pm

    “The same old boring song played again and again using eight-track cartridge – a magnetic tape sound recording technology popular in the mid-1960s through to the early 1980”.

    We are now living in the cutting edge technology, it is advisable for everyone to keep pace with the rapid growth of technology state of art…. same goes to DAP ‘veteran’ leaders …. It’s about time to plan for retirement….. give way to young leaders based on merit….not family relationship….

    • #2 by assamlaksa on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 12:53 am

      cintanegara is still in denial mode, how many votes did Najib received to become the PM? oh, none? Despite some hiccups, DAP leaders are duly elected. And cintanegara is so forgetful that there are no lacking of family relationship in UMNO.

      pS: welcome back cintanegara, your rambutans are now all over the ground.

  2. #3 by yhsiew on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 1:44 pm

    Yeah Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim was right. The Sabah RCI into illegal immigrants, like many other past RCIs, is a pre-scripted “sandiwara” aimed at portraying BN as a “responsible and accountable” ruling party prior to GE13.

  3. #4 by St Peter on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 2:59 pm

    The reason why Najis has to go to GAZA, it’s becoz he has to find parking lots for himself and Dr Mamaktiu, and the rest of his cronies. Tiu Ni Amah 2311967 (cantonese)!

  4. #5 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Of course if umno continues on in office after GE13 the ongoing sabah RCI will quickly turn into another wayang – report will be submitted and then NFA.

  5. #6 by gofortruth on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 4:41 pm

    Eventually the AG will declare “not enough evidence”. Case close!
    EC has lost its credibility to be independent, therefore we need to press for a clean electoral roll rid of Illegal/Phantom/”Instant Malaysians” voters right now before GE13!!!

  6. #7 by rjbeee on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 4:58 pm

    The end is near from Mamak kutty……….

  7. #8 by sheriff singh on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 6:37 pm

    Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said: “However, we must remember, if we talk about criminal prosecution, we have to see whether there is sufficient evidence. In the RCI, everything that people say is acknowledged, but without evidence, we cannot accept. To enable us to go to court, we have to look at admissible evidence,”… The Star

    So it looks like a dead end. NFA by AG looks likely. He is GOD.

  8. #9 by Jeffrey on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 7:33 pm

    Even as the present Sabah Royal Commission of Inquiry is looking into illegal immigrants being given ICs to vote in Sabah, does any one know and is there any one looking into how many Myanmarese, Indonesians and Bangladeshis have been given and are still being (presently) given ICs for voting in this coming GE in Semenanjung, particularly Selangor?

  9. #10 by bigcloud on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 9:09 pm

    In 2011,the government started the 6P Amnesty Programme to register illegal immigrants in the country.

    Just wonder, was it another Project IC in disguise?

  10. #11 by sheriff singh on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 9:12 pm

    We will find out in about 20 years time.

  11. #12 by gofortruth on Monday, 28 January 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Looks like there ain’t gonna be much of RCI Sabah show or the carpet show. The M&M team and the N team are backing together. Its “you help me & I help you” show to continue to blunder the nation dry.
    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/220059

  12. #13 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 1:17 am

    M’sians hv short memories – many outstanding issues which were HOT, HOT at 1 time oredi out of sight, out of mind; no follow up, NO CLOSURE
    Dis is d reason Y MMK, UmnoB/BN dare 2 corrupt, cheat/fraud outrageously what, no problem 1 mah, soon all noises disappear, issues swept under carpet or underwear, all OK n business/corruption as usual, jiak, jiak, jiak

  13. #14 by tuahpekkong on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 10:50 am

    What kind of RCI is this when it can’t even identify those responsible and make proposals for the authorities to act? I think the whole exercise is a charade to fool the public. The main aim is of course to garner votes. Knowing very well that investigations into something that the powers that be frown upon would only be thwarted, why would the police bother to initiate an investigation that may also risk them getting into the bad books of their political masters? Better to sit idly and wait for the green-light. It doesn’t pay to risk your promotion, contract extension, a well-paid job after retirement etc.

  14. #15 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 3:15 pm

    On Mat Zain’s Question – whether the RCI “an exercise in futility”- its revelations serve the important purpose to bring public attention to the electoral irregularities or even illegalities. See latest report by Boo Su-Lynn/TheMalaysianInsider- http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/indian-national-says-got-blue-ic-with-just-sd/ Highlight: “according to the Citizenship Rules 1964 people who want to apply to be a Malaysian citizen by naturalisation must become a permanent resident for more than 12 years and have been in Malaysia for more than 10 years”. However Indian migrant worker Nur Mohd who obtained a blue identity card in 1987 and voted four times in the Likas state constituency added that he was born in Tamil Nadu India and admitted he made a statutory declaration that he was born in Kinarut Papar and was issued a blue identity of being born there. And Parvez Khan Hussain Khan told the RCI that he received a blue identity card in 1992 within the same year of arrival in Sabah;that the identity card had a different name but had his picture Parvez stating his place of birth as Tawau and that its date of issue was 1985 7 years before even his arrival in Sabah He added that he was actually born in Pakistan.

  15. #16 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Continuing from preceding post: These testimonies contradict the assertion that citizenship given to immigrants in exchange for their votes under Project M was/is legal. They question whether BN’s victory in Likas seat was legally/morally tenable. The High Court had (in the case of Harris Mohd Salleh vs the Returning Officer Ismail Majin & Others) already declared the 1999 election for the Likas state seat null and void on grounds that the electoral roll used contained phantom voters including foreign nationals. But the powers-that-be plugged that hole (according to Mat Zain) by amending section 9 A of Elections Act. The effect is that EC could register any voter without considering where or how he possesses the IC either through cheating, fraud or illegal printing and this cannot be reviewed by the court. This amendment is intended to prevent gazetted roll to be questioned by minor irregularities or a few isolated cases of unqualified persons voting but surely, as the RCI has revealed so far, the amendment cannot be and continue to be a cloak for massive and large scale electoral fraud and manipulation. Parliament that passed it (even then controlled by BN) cannot be assumed to be complicit in passing an amendment that protects illegal acts that undermines the very sanctity and legitimacy of the election process & democratic process. These revelations provide the basis to lobby for the repeal of the amendment. They render illegitimate electoral victories procured by such means. They strike at the heart of BN’s claim to having consent of majority determined by ballot to govern. On the contrary these revelations legitimise Bersih’s Cause. I won’t therefore say that the Sabah RCI is an exercise in futility, serving no purpose, whatever white wash may be intended by those invoking it.

  16. #17 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Sabah is now full of people with dual and false identities. Why, the Aman family could be illegals too. But these people, these new citizens, how much did they pay for the ‘service’? Surely the ICs weren’t given free.

    Isn’t this a national threat?

  17. #18 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Will it be possible to withdraw the citizenships of all these ‘illegals’ who were given citizenships?

  18. #19 by gofortruth on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 4:45 pm

    All these “Maggie Malaysians” (like instant noodles) & their children may keep their citizenship & all rights except that they are not allowed to participate in state and national elections for a stipulated period of time. This is only fair, right?
    One condition is they must come forward to verify their status so that we can establish how many “maggie Malaysians” were involved in project IC/M.

  19. #20 by sotong on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 6:23 pm

    Politics of numbers at all costs….done in secret, this is the greatest betrayal.

    Are the illegals properly screened to ensure they are not a security threat to the country now and in the future?

    What about the social impact of this huge numbers in such a short period?

  20. #21 by Loh on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 6:25 pm

    Foreigners born outside the country who made statutory declaration stating that they were born in Sabah and then obtained a citizenship can be said to have obtained it legally. These foreigners lied, and they are quilty of making false statutory declaration. But in these cases it was the National registration authority which arranged for the false declarations to be made in support of citizenship applications. Mamakthir claimed that the citizenship papers had been legally issued. He is right. It is just that they were immorally issued in exchange for the applicants voting BN.

  21. #22 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 9:18 pm

    Never mind the citizenship papers/ICs were immorally/unethically issued in exchange for the applicants voting the BN. An activity like issuing citizenship papers/ICs cannot be legal if it is derived and based on an illegal act like making false statutory declaration (itself an offence) . It is fruit from a poisonous tree. No matter the fruit looks juicy it is unsafe for law to treat it as edible. The whole transaction leading up to issuance of ICs and voting is tainted with illegality. Mamakthir’s claim that the citizenship papers had been legally issued is unsupportable in law and unconstitutional anywhere in Commonwealth (except BN’s own law like amendment to section 9A of Election Act) that allows EC to register any voter without considering where or how he possesses the IC either through cheating, fraud or illegal printing and that this is not supposed to be reviewable by the courts.

  22. #23 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 9:27 pm

    Can a public servant then-Sabah National Registration Department NRD director sell 16 000 NRD receipts for more than RM1million to enable immigrants in Sabah to vote? This is illegal. Firstly that’s the legal procedure for these immigrants to vote; secondly it smacks of corruption to sell NRD receipts for right to vote. To allow the vote cast to stand is to legitimise illegal procedures or corruption. Just like if I didn’t steal can my purchase of a stolen goods from a thief (an unlawful activity) stand as legal? To legalise my purchase is to encourage the market to encourage theft!

  23. #24 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 - 9:29 pm

    Correction – “firstly there’s a legal procedure for (qualified) immigrants, which is unlawfully deviated from…”

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