Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nothing New About The Sabah RCI Report

“Project IC” (some called it Project M) was an initiative that purportedly awarded citizenship to illegal immigrants in Sabah in exchange for their votes in elections.
 

The Royal Commission of Inquiry – which was set up on August 11, 2012 – had called 211 witnesses including former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (who was then Mahathir’s deputy) before closing the case on September 20 last year.

The royal panel presented the Sabah findings to the prime minister and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in May 2014 but the 398-page RCI report was only released on Wednesday. It had concluded that illegal activities relating to the processing and issuance of Malaysian identification documents in pursuit of a political agenda had “more likely than not” existed. It also said there was ample evidence of syndicates working with corrupt government officials in the illicit issuance of Malaysian identity cards (ICs) and other documents.
 
“Projek IC” is said to be responsible for the abnormal spike in Sabah’s population, where foreigners comprise nearly 30 percent of the state’s 3.12 million-strong populace. Mahathir, who was in power from 1981 to 2003, has been repeatedly named as the man who spurred the initiative.
 
It is ludicrous to have the report say that only 68,703 ineligible people were issued citizenship between 1963 to August 31 last year. This is a big fib because Kee Dzulkifli Kee Abdul Jalil, a former NRD (National Registration Department) offical had testified that more than 600,000 of the blue ICs were issued to illegal immigrants on instructions from his superiors.

It is outrageous to learn that there was a political agenda but the mastermind remains unknown. It is correct to say that the Sabah RCI wasn’t particularly interested on who gave the orders. Malaysians have their suspicions but the report shied away from naming the villain(s) who go unpunished.

It sure looks like a mammoth cover-up! 
 
On Friday, Malaysia pulled off a major upset by beating top seed and defending champions Egypt 2-0 in a dramatic semi-final in Ontario, Canada. The win opens a new chapter in world squash for Malaysia who are making their first Women's World Team Championship final since the tournament's inception in 1979.
 
World number one Nicol David put up an impressive display to give Malaysia the perfect start by beating World No. 3 Raneem El Weleily; 11-3, 8-11, 11-7 and 11-9 in 54 minutes. Low Wee Wern clinched a final berth for Malaysia with an inspiring display to upset World No. 4 Nour El-Sherbini; 11-9, 8-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9 in a gruelling 86-minute match.
 
"Its amazing to be in the final for the first time. The Egyptian girls really gave their all. I am just so pleased for Nicol. For all these years, she won for us but the team let her down. Now we have finally done it for her,” Low declared.
 
And the World No. 7 added: "Nicol is not just a role model for me, but also a good friend. This is the first time I’ve given her the support she deserves. This win is huge, our biggest team success ever”.
 
Sure, the win was massive but it is not over yet. Malaysia, who are seeded third, will face 2012 finalist England. [England survived a 2-1 dramatic semi-final battle against fourth seed Hong Kong].

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