Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak failure to say anything about an RCI has embarrassed several senior ministers from Sabah both in and out of the Cabinet.
KOTA KINABALU: Malaysians, Sabahans in particular, are scratching their heads over the failure by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to announce the formation of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah despite the expectation by local Barisan Nasional parties.
DAP national advisor Lim Kit Siang said Malaysians are entitled to know why Najib ended his two-day visit to Sabah last week without making the widely-expected announcement on the formation of an RCI.
He said that it was widely believed that the Cabinet had approved the establishment of an RCI on illegal immigrants in Sabah and that Najib would make the announcement during his Sabah.
The refusal by Najib to say anything about an RCI has embarrassed several senior ministers from Sabah who had indicated that a royal inquiry on the matter had been approved much to the disbelief of more practical Sabahans.
Lim said the claim of certain Sabah ministers that the Cabinet had made a final decision on the establishment of a RCI on illegal immigrants in Sabah has turned out to be mere “hot air” without any basis grounded on facts.
He also asked if this had turned out to be another example of the Cabinet being subordinate and subservient to the dictates of Umno hegemony?
He said for more than three decades, he had personally been raising the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah as their presence was creating political, economic, social and security problems for Sabahans.
He added that the perennial issue also made Sabahans feel that they had become foreigners in their own homeland because they have been outnumbered by the unchecked influx of illegal immigrants.
Lim said that immediately after the last general election in 2008, he had sought to move a motion in the first meeting of the new Parliament to fulfil the three-decade dream of Sabahans for an RCI on illegal immigrants.
The effort was thwarted by the refusal of Sabah Barisan Nasional MPs to support the RCI motion.
“I had thought that at last there would be an RCI into illegal immigrants both in Sabah and throughout Malaysia but this has proved to be premature,” Lim said in a statement today.