BN trying to distract attention from high-profile defections, says the DAP sec-gen.
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today scoffed at the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah, calling at an election gimmick and a sham.
He noted that the commission has no power to recommend action against the culprits responsible for illegally granting citizenship to immigrants.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced the formation of the RCI last Friday, saying its main task would be to find out whether foreigners in Sabah had been issued with Malaysian identity cards and included in the electoral roll.
In an article posted on his blog today, Lim alleged that the RCI was formed to distract public attention from the recent high-profile defections from Sabah Barisan Nasional.
In the last two weeks, Tuaran MP Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing, Beaufort MP Lajim Ukin and Senator Maijol Mahap have left BN and declared their support for Pakatan Rakyat. They said they had lost confidence in BN for its failure to resolve the illegal immigration problem in Sabah.
Lim pointed out that the government had formed the RCI after years of refusing to do so despite intense public pressure.
He questioned why it was so hurriedly constituted and at a time when a general election is imminent.
“The timing of the Sabah RCI… makes it clear that it is merely another show for elections,” he said. “If the Prime Minister was truly sincere, then the RCI should have been conducted a long time ago.”
Sabah’s current population is about 3.12 million, a 390% leap from 651,304 in 1970. Foreigners are estimated to account for 27% of the current population.
Lim described the illegal granting of citizenship to foreigners as “a critical problem”, saying it had caused the dilution of the native population and usurpation of their political rights.
Many commentators have accused BN of deliberately granting citizenship to the foreigners in exchange for votes.
“Sabahans will never forgive BN for this diabolical and treasonous act,” said Lim.