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Sabah RCI: Nazri says it’s PM’s call

 | May 9, 2012

No one except the prime minister knows when Sabah's illegal immigrant problem will be investigated, and even he is tight-lipped.

KUALA LUMPUR: Sabahans will have to wait for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak with regard to the much awaited Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in their state.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz said: “[The] PM will make the announcement…I wish I knew [when he’ll do this]. I don’t know the PM’s schedule.”

According to a Bernama report, the Cabinet agreed to set up a RCI over Sabah’s illegal immigrant problem.

Nazri said that the government was looking into preparing the RCI’s “terms of reference”, adding that it would be “comprehensive” in tackling the problem.

The Cabinet first gave the go-ahead to the setting up of the commission on Feb 8. It was supposed to look into the dramatic growth amongst the legalised illegal immigrants in Sabah since the 90s.

However, neither the Najib nor his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin have revealed any details on the RCI in their visits to the state this year.

Sabah now has more than 1.2 million legalised illegal immigrants, a population which has allegedly voted for Barisan Nasional in every election since the 90s.

There have also been reports of MyKads being given out for free to these immigrants; an issue which has worried Sabahans for many years.


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