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Sabah RCI: This should be the subpoena list

 | June 22, 2012

The RCI investigation into Sabahans claims that foreigners obtained Malaysian citizenship illegally should be thorough and not hurried.

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Wannabe chief minister Shafie Apdal’s sudden turnaround in favour of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the illegal immigrants situation in Sabah makes me want to laugh.

He was never in favour of it. But now that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s given the nod, for the RCI, he is singing a different tune.

Now he is saying “we don’t want foreigners to come to Sabah without documents because at the end of the day, it would create social problems like what is happening here in Semporna – the piracy case and other incidents, which we surely don’t want“.

Credit must go to Chief Minister Musa Aman for forcing Najib’s hand on the issue.

Musa was facing strong objections from elements within Sabah Umno who were not in favour of the RCI.But he’s managed to pull it through pull it through.

Sabah’s legalised immigrant population is now in excess of 1.2 million and reports of ‘free MyKads’ being dished out overt and covertly in Sandakan, Tawau, Lahad Datu and Semporna are worrying everyone here in Sabah.

The fear of ‘reverse takeover’ of the state by the Filipino immigrants in view of Manila’s claim on Sabah is not unfounded, it just seems to be getting worse.

But the work of the RCI cannot be shoddy and hurried. The RCI should first review old and accept all new documents, documentations. This includes all statements in the media including the visual media.

The police should provide copies of all police reports on illegals.

All must testify

The AG’s Chambers should provide documentation on all cases brought to the court and settled on illegals.

Then all those who made public statements for and against the illegals should be subpoened.

All those held under the Internal Securities Act (ISA) in connection with the illegals should be subpoened. This includes “Sultan of Sulu” Akjan Ali and Hassnar Ebrahim.

Former chief minister Harris Salleh and ex-premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not be allowed to distract, disrupt the RCI or mislead with their red herring statements.

Yayasan Islam Sabah should also be subpoenaed.

Harris should be asked to explain his statement in court on Salman Majid and other statements.

Karpal Singh, who defended Salman, should be subpoenaed for his statement on citizenship with reference to his client. Salman too should be subpenaed.

(Pakistan-born carpet dealer Salman Majid, 47, had sued immigration department for issuing an order in 2005 to deport him to Pakistan when he in fact held a MyKad. Doubts over his citizenship status were resolved after High Court judge Lau Bee Lan declared in chambers that the immigration department had failed to prove that Majid had obtained his MyKad fraudulently).

Mahathir and former DPM Anwar Ibrahim should be asked to explain Projek IC or Projek M.

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) its leader Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Melalap assemblyman Raden Malleh should be asked to explain a study they conducted on the illegals and subsequently detailed in parliament.

Subpoena list

Upko president Bernard Dompok, who headed a Cabinet Committee on the Project IC, should be subpoened.

Upko and its deputy president Wilfred Bumburing should be subpoenaed for a memorandum they submitted on the illegals to the Home Ministry.

Home Minister and Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein should be asked to explain his response to the memorandum.

The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) headed by PBS deputy president Maximus Ongkili should be subpoened. Suhakam should also be subpoened.

Former state secretary Simon Sipaun should be subpoened on his work with Suhakam and his statement that life in Sabah was better before Malaysia.

Lawyer PJ Perira should also be subpoened. He represented Indian-born restaurant owner Majid Kani and Akjan. Majid should be subpoened. The Indian Muslim Chamber of Commerce should be subpoened.

Former Sabah CM Yong Teck Lee, activist Dr Chong Eng Leong and Election Commission should be subpoened on the Likas election petition.

‘Take not of any perjury’

Chong should explain his book, “Lest We Forget”.

Writer MD Mutalib should be subpoened for his books on the illegals and his public statements on “twice borns” with reference to late registration of births.

The American, Pakistani or Indian – Sajid – who did a PhD study on the illegals should be subpoened.

Cross-examination should be allowed. This is the best way to establish the truth.

A witness protection plan should be provided. The RCI must also take serious note of any perjury.

This whole investigation should not take more than three years and the RCI should hold at least 150 whole day long meetings.

Once the RCI finishes its work, it should complete and submit its final report within two years and its first report within six months.

And as a note of gratitude, a certificate of appreciation should be given to those who are not wrong doers and volunteer to testify before the RCI.

This is an excerpt from the author’s blog selvarajasomiah.wordpress.com


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