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    Sabah's Time Bomb: Illegal Immigrants

    They're mother of all threats in Sabah: MP
    Tony Thien | Oct 20, 08 7:16pm
    Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp) parliamentarian Dr Chua Sooi Bui has told Parliament today described the illegal immigrants issue as ‘the mother of all threats in Sabah’.

    The MP, who left the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition last month, said that while the issue of illegal immigrants is a national threat, the problem is being shouldered mostly by Sabahans.

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    88pc of urban Sabahans want RCI on illegal immigrants, survey finds

    By Shannon Teoh

    May 15, 2012

    The issue of illegal immigrants was cited as the most important concern by 27 per cent of the 411 registered voters surveyed by the Merdeka Center in March. — file pic

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 — Seven out of every eight urban Sabahans want a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the illegal immigrant problem in the state, which Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders there insist must be held before upcoming elections, according to a recent poll.Independent pollsters Merdeka Center found that 88 per cent of voters in the state capital Kota Kinabalu and its nearby suburb Penampang want a royal panel to investigate the influx of illegal immigrants, who have been blamed for the rise in social and economic problems in the state.

    Their presence was also cited as the most important concern by 27 per cent of the 411 registered voters surveyed, far ahead of cost of living and infrastructure at eight per cent each.

    “The main reason for those believing the state was headed in the wrong direction was concerns over inflation, poverty and uneven access to development and the large influx of illegal immigrants,” the opinion research house said in a statement today.

    Sabah BN has been pushing for an RCI for months now, with federal Cabinet ministers from the state saying such an inquiry “will have little value” if announced after elections and that the issue puts their “political lives on the chopping block”.

    They also want Datuk Seri Najib Razak to delay polls until the second half of the year despite Umno leaders appearing bullish after an encouraging turnout of at least 50,000 at its 66th anniversary celebrations last Friday.

    According to replies provided in Parliament last year, Sabah’s population was 651,304 in 1970 and grew to 929,299 a decade later. But in the two decades following 1980, the state’s population rose by a staggering 1.5 million people, reaching 2,468,246 by 2000.

    Media reports said that, as of 2010, this number has grown further to 3.12 million, with foreigners making up a sizeable 27 per cent or 889,799 of the population.

    Opposition leaders have long railed against the BN government for this unusual population explosion, alleging that illegal immigrants have been allowed into the east Malaysian state, and given MyKads and voting rights to help the ruling coalition retain control.

    In early February, United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok revealed that the Cabinet had agreed to form an RCI.

    Najib was widely expected to announce the panel into what Sabah BN leaders say is the top election issue there when he visited the state later that same month but the prime minister concluded his visit without addressing the issue.

    This sparked rumours and Internet news reports of the possibility that Najib had backpedalled on the Cabinet’s decision, with some even claiming a “secret meeting” of Umno warlords had warned the BN chief it would lose a sizeable chunk of votes if the RCI were to lead to a crackdown on the state’s massive population of illegal immigrants.

    A Sabah BN insider later told The Malaysian Insider that Cabinet meeting minutes showed that it had agreed to the RCI on February 8 and tasked Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz to co-ordinate the scope of the RCI’s investigation.

    He said Najib’s unexpected silence on the issue had not only angered but also embarrassed Sabah BN leaders, particularly those in Upko and PBS, who have been trumpeting their success in pushing for the RCI.

    The PM has been coy on the status of the RCI, only saying at a press conference on February 23 that it was still under consideration.

    The survey also found that 59 per cent of respondents “thought that other political parties besides BN should be given a chance to prove their abilities to lead people of Sabah” while 31 per cent believe “BN is the only party than can provide for the needs of Sabahans.”

    But it found the sentiment was split along ethnic lines with 79 per cent of Chinese preferring to give other parties a chance while four-fifths of Muslim Bumiputeras saying they would stand by the ruling coalition.

    The 411 voters, of which 55 per cent were Chinese, 33 per cent non-Muslim Bumiputeras and the rest Muslims, were surveyed in mid-March this year.

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    No life for Sabah parties in BN after Mahathir, says Star


    Saturday, 11 August 2012 Super Admin

    Daniel John Jambun

    KOTA KINABALU: The State Reform Party (Star) has challenged local parties in Sabah to leave the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the wake of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s widely-reported blog posting on Wed this week that “illegal immigrants who have stayed long in Sabah are entitled to citizenship especially when they can speak Bahasa Malaysia”.

    He also called for the removal of illegal immigrants holding MyKads meant for citizens by operation of law from the electoral rolls.
    Police urged to charge Mahathir with treason

    Thirdly, Daniel urged the Police to interview Mahathir and charge him in Court over his blog posting “which is tantamount to an admission of sedition and treason”. He’s not in favour of the Federal Government recommending to the King that Mahathir be given any Royal Pardon by the backdoor.

    Fourthly, he urged the formation of an Interim Federal Government composed of all parties across the political divide to draw up a long-delayed Federal Constitution for Malaysia. He pledged to set up a Constitution for Malaysia Movement (CoMaMo) shortly to embark on a signature campaign.

    He claimed that Malaysia was supposed to get a Constitution in 1963 but instead the Malayan Constitution has been allowed to masquerade as the Malaysian Constitution “because the Federation of Malaya is masquerading as the Federation of Malaysia.”

    BN parties in Sabah in morally untenable position

    “BN parties in Sabah are in a morally untenable position after Mahathir’s statement which was made to pre-empt the imminent Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) in Sabah,” said Star deputy chairman Daniel John Jambun in a press statement after an emergency meeting here of Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia (BoPi MaFo), an NGO pending registration in the United Kingdom to strategize with Hindraf Makkal Sakthi on a class action suit.

    “Mahathir’s blog posting proves that he was involved in Projek IC Mahathir to give out MyKads meant for citizens by operation of law to illegal immigrants in Sabah.”

    Daniel challenged BN parties in Sabah to make their stand on Mahathir’s blog posting one way or other especially in view of the imminent RCI on illegal immigrants.

    Mahathir wants to urge illegals to vote for BN

    Mahathir also wants to give comfort to the illegal immigrants and urge them to vote for BN after Anwar Ibrahim’s recent statement on the issue, he added. “Anwar warned illegal immigrants to stay out from the voting process if they don’t want to be deported when Pakatan Rakyat forms the Federal Government in Putrajaya.”

    The Star deputy chairman stressed local parties in BN Sabah cannot “have their cake and eat it too”.

    They need to either uphold the Federal Constitution or admit that they have been going along since 1981 with Mahathir’s Law of the Jungle, he added.

    The Federal Constitution, pointed out Daniel, is crystal clear on the eligibility for citizenship in Malaysia.

    “In the case of Sabah, illegal immigrants are being provided with local birth certificates to claim MyKads meant for citizens by operation of law,” alleged Daniel. “We only have to look at the cases of Pakistani carpet dealer Salman Majid and Indian restaurant keeper Majid Kani to realise that these are the tip of the iceberg.”

    Mahathir admits involvement in Projek IC Mahathir

    The Projek IC Mahathir, continued Daniel, gave out local birth certificates to illegal immigrants based on them making out false Statutory Declarations claiming that the applicants were born in Sabah.

    “These twice-born people subsequently obtained MyKads meant for citizens by operation of law,” he said. “Majid Kani admitted in Court that he was born in Tamil Nadu, India and not in Papar, Sabah. Salman Majid said that he was not in Sabah for the first 23 years of his life and that he holds documents (false) showing that he was born in Sabah.”

    Anyone, he said, can Google these cases.

    The mystery, according to him, was how Salman Majid and Majid Kani obtained their first MyKad without having to produce the personal documents of their parents.

    “Malaysians have to produce their parents’ personal documents when they apply for their MyKad for the first time,” stressed Daniel. “Everyone including a 12 year old kid knows this.”

    Sabah, Sarawak have rights, powers on citizenship

    Pointing out the law as it applies to Sabah, as in Sarawak, Daniel explained that the Federal Government cannot give out citizenships to foreigners in the state without the recommendation of the state government as the initiating party on a case-by-case basis.

    According to him, this is provided for by the five constitutional documents and/or conventions which formed the basis for Sabah and Sarawak to be in Malaysia.

    If eligible foreigners in Sabah have been naturalized by the Federal Government without the prior recommendation of the state government as the initiating party, said Daniel, “they would have to apply for permanent residence to be considered Sabahans.”

    “Here, we are talking about foreigners who have entered the state with valid travel papers, stayed at least 10 years or more within 12 years and have gone through the legal procedures including police clearance by the Special Branch and by the police in their home countries,” said Daniel. “Mahathir is talking about illegal immigrants circumventing the Federal Constitution with Putrajaya and the state governments in Sabah and Sarawak looking the other way.”

    Foreigners not eligible for operation of law, registration

    Foreigners, stressed Daniel, are not eligible for citizenship by operation of law or registration but only by naturalization.
    Illegal immigrants, he further stressed, are not entitled to anything no matter how long they have stayed in the country and no matter how well they speak Bahasa Malaysia. He urged that such illegal immigrants and their children be deported by the backdoor, if not by the front door.

    “If they came in by the backdoor, they should go back by the backdoor since there’s no record of their having legally left their home countries,” said Daniel.

    On illegal immigrants who came in by the front door and became illegal immigrants after over-staying and either have expired or valid papers, he urged that they be urged to return by the front door if their home countries will not declare them as stateless people, and by the back door if they have since lost their citizenship rights back home.

    “Such people should take their children along too and not leave them behind to wander in the streets in Sabah,” said Daniel. “We are the poorest state in Malaysia today after being conned into the Federation by the British and the Malayans and cannot afford to look after them.”

    General Amnesty best way forward for illegals in Sabah

    Asked whether there was any hope for the illegal immigrants in Sabah on humanitarian grounds, Daniel softened a little and conceded that a general amnesty could be offered to those people who surrender their Malaysian personal documents obtained by misrepresentation and/or fraud, pay a fine of at least RM 300 each as in 1965 in Peninsular Malaysia, remove their names from the electoral rolls, return to their home countries either by the front or backdoor and re-enter legally if they had jobs in Sabah and wished to resume from where they left.

    The Star deputy chairman urged the Federal Government to offer the general amnesty either before the imminent RCI convenes or completes its work.

    “It would be better if the general amnesty is offered before the 13th General Election since many of these illegal immigrants are on the electoral rolls, he claimed. “Many of them are even in the state assembly, Parliament and in Government including Sabah Foundation and the Land Office and holding positions in state and Federal GLCs.”

    Going forward, Daniel vowed to compile Mahathir’s blog posting on urging citizenship for illegal immigrants and the related reactions in the media to present to the RCI as proof of Mahathir’s complicity in Projek IC Mahathir and his guilt acknowledged in the Court of Public Opinion.

    Daniel John Jambun
    Deputy Chairman, the State Reform Party (Star)
    Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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    Saturday, 11 August 2012 17:08

    By : KIM QUEK

    ON THE DAY of an anticipated major announcement by Najib Razak on the terms of reference for the proposed royal commission of inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah, it is pertinent to take stock of the gravity of this looming menace in the state.

    In the past four decades, the population of Sabah has increased by almost five folds (from 650,000 in 1970 to 3.12 million in 2010), much of it consists of illegal immigrants or their descendants.

    Such population implosion has not only created unbearable strain on Sabah's social and economic fabric, but it has also stripped the original Sahahans of their sovereignty, in that a large chunk of its present electorate are made up of these illegal immigrants who have been illicitly granted voting rights through a massive clandestine operation known as ‘Project M' (M stands for Mahathir).

    This group of illegal voters, known as phantom voters, has now become the kingmaker, who can tilt the balance of power not only in Sabah in the coming GE 13 elections, but also in Putrajaya. This is because a major win by BN in the state, as it has done in the past (thanks to the phantom voters, of course), will help UMNO to ward off Pakatan Rakyat's challenge through a simple parliamentary majority.

    While many have heard of the phenomenon of the Sabah phantom voters, perhaps not so many are familiar with the hows and whys of it. For this reason, we should perhaps seek enlightenment from justice Muhammad Kamil Awang's judgment annulling the Likas election in Sabah in June 2001.

    Court judgment

    In a rare display of judicial independence under former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad's rule, Muhammad in his judgment chronicled details of a massive illicit campaign initiated by Mahathir to convert illegal immigrants into voters through the unlawful issue of blue ICs and the unlawful registration of these IC holders into the electoral rolls.

    These details of illegal activities presented in court included many instances of witnesses' testimonies, affidavits and incriminating government and political party correspondence and circulars.

    These evidence point conclusively to the involvement of the National Registration Department (NRD), Election Commission (EC), police and UMNO high ranking officials in a joint conspiracy to massively convert illegal Filipino and Indon migrants into citizens and voters. In fact, this voter scam was so serious that it was described by Muhammad as only the "tip of a growing iceberg".

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    Muhammad's judgment, which has not been disputed to date, also gave details of how repeated official complaints from the opposition parties on such fraudulent practices had been consistently stonewalled (concealed) by the authorities all the way up to the highest levels of government, including a rejection for debate in Parliament.

    In fact, there were indisputable evidence that even the highest authorities in NRD and EC had been incriminated in this phantom voters scam.

    What motivated these highest civil servants to commit such treasonous acts against the Sabah state in unlawfully admitting these hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants as citizens and voters?

    Personal gains can be ruled out, as these are more than offset by the heavy punishment that can be meted out for such high crimes of treason against the country.

    UMNO political strategy

    The only plausible explanation is that this is the political strategy of the UMNO leadership to regain political power in Sabah from the Kadazan (mainly Christian) dominated PBS. The latter has won every Sabah election since 1986 save the last one in 1999.

    It does not take a genius to find out why. Until the last election in 1999, the Sabah electorate had been such that non-Muslim Kadazans and Chinese overwhelmingly outnumbered the Malays (all Muslims) and other Muslims.

    With Umno's heavy emphasis on racial and religious privileges, which alienated the non-Malays and non-Muslims, there was virtually no chance that the UMNO dominated BN could unseat the PBS government unless there was a drastic restructuring of the ratio of Muslim dominated electorates to non-Muslim dominated electorates and re-drawing of the electoral boundaries (gerrymandering).

    And this is exactly what happened. Through the massive infusion of illegal Philippine and Indonesian immigrants (who are all Muslims) into the electoral roll, as well as gerrymandering, Muslim majority constituencies in Sabah in the 1999 electoral roll had suddenly and inexplicably increased from 30 percent to 50 percent of the total constituencies of 48 within a short period of five years.

    Given this numerical boost, BN swept the 1999 Sabah election, after employing every dirty election trick available under the sun, including the usual blatant abuses of government agencies and resources and the onesided mass media which was completely under the thumb of the ruling UMNO-controlled coalition.

    With these phantom voters as bedrock of support, UMNO has dominated political power in Sabah ever since. Until the last general election in 2008, every UMNO minister liked to brag the opposition can never defeat them at the polls.

    Chance of a lifetime

    If the coming announcement by Najib is to have any meaning to Sabahans, the proposed RCI must aimed to convince the voters at firstly restoring their democratic rights by purging the electoral roll of phantoms, and secondly solving their social and economic plight through proper management of these illegal immigrants, including phased repatriation and effective measures to prevent further influx.

    UMNO has never been so vulnerable of losing power as it is now.

    Hence, it is the chance of a lifetime for Sabahans to demand and get what is due to them - a fair solution to the illegal MyKad immigrants and the ever-present phantom voters menace. There is absolutely no need for them to compromise.

    As the situation is getting hopeless by the day, the only recourse left to the Sabahans and even the Sarawakians is to vote the other political coalition, namely, the Pakatan Rakyat, into power.

    The facts speak for itself. The Sabahans should not be fooled again by BN. It is now or never.Wake up to the reality that even your own native leaders in BN took all of you for a ride to nowhere. Get rid of them once and for all and rest assured things will be different and better for all native Sabahans..

    The crux of the matter is the government is run by crooks

    Only a change in government will bring the criminals to justice .Their horrific acts are traitorious Their punishment should reflect the gravity of the crime. We owe it to the country to bring those responsible to justice. History will not be kind to these UMNO people especially Mahathir who had basically behaved 'traitoriously' in their efforts to regain power and now the people have to deal with it.

    Nothing much will come out of the RCI. UMNO will make sure of it. Mahathir already commented that it is useless. Like the Teoh Beng Hock RCI, it's just another whitewash to protect UMNO and Mahathir, the chief architect responsible for selling out Sabah to illegals.

    Only a dictatorial regime will be able to successfully carry out such a massive clandestine exercise to cheat the people of Sabah. Because of this fraud on the people, all elections from 1999 onwards are technically null and void. It is also clear now why the UMNOnised BN regime is so fearful of Bersih and the people's demand for free and fair elections.

    That is why UMNO has always been confident of winning the general election because of their "fixed deposit" in Sabah.

    In Peninsular Malaysia, even if UMNO gets less than 1/2 of the votes, they will still win by a 2/3rd majority because the people of Sabah voted for them. It will be no different this time, as with the cheating and political maneuvring undertaken with the help of the EC, UMNO will be sure to win again.

    The opposition has to garner at least 2/3rds of the votes to win by even a simple majority. It's an uphill battle and it's not going to be easy. Let us hope Sabahans will not be fooled again. The only way to change things in Sabah is to change the state and federal governments. They must help every Malaysian citizen to destroy the hegemony of UMNO's control in the electoral process.

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    Filipino peace means nothing to immigrants

    [COLOR=#707070 !important]Patrick Lee
    | October 10, 2012
    If there is peace in the Southern Philippines, will the thousands of immigrants in Sabah finally leave? Local pundits don't think so.
    PETALING JAYA: Even if peace comes to the conflict-ridden Southern Philippines, few in Sabah believe that Filipino immigrants or refugees now residing in the state will return there.

    The exodus back simply won’t happen, said Kota Kinabalu-based social activist Marcel Jude. This, he added, was because many Filipinos had flocked to Sabah for economic reasons.

    Jude was asked his views following the signing of a peace agreement between Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels and the Philippine government last Sunday.

    Pundits generally felt that the peace agreement would mean little to the Filipinos who fled to East Malaysia in fear for their lives.

    “In the 70s, there were war refugees…,” Jude, a the lawyer, told FMT referring to the Islamic insurgency which has reigned in the Southern Philippines since 1969.

    “But that was only the tip of the iceberg. People came here because Malaysia was economically better.

    “Whatever happens in the Southern Philippines will not see the lessening of illegal immigrants to Sabah. It will continue to have this,” he said.

    The large number of immigrants have been a contentious issue for local Sabahans. Many groups have raised concerns of becoming minorities in their state, due to the huge influx of foreigners over the years.

    Recent records have put this number at 889,700, which is at least 25% of the state’s 3.2 million population. Others have estimated this figure to be higher.

    More than 150,000 people were estimated to have been killed during the Philippines’ 53-year-long insurgency.

    Consumer economy driven by immigrants

    Things, Jude added, were also complicated by children born to immigrants staying here, many of whom had no connection to the Philippines.

    To make matters worse, some of the Filipino immigrants were even supposedly given Malaysian identity cards over the years, certifying many as Sabah-born natives.

    The federal government has set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to look into the issuance of citizenships to illegal immigrants, a matter that allegedly took place during prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s reign.

    But legalised or not, Jude said that these people would eventually take over the state’s economy, bit by bit.

    “Before, during Chinese New Year, all the shops would be closed because the Chinese [would go on holiday]. Now if these people closed shop, the whole economy here would come to a standstill.”

    “I don’t see why they would want to go back when they’re all making good money. Why would they want to go back?” he said, alluding to the immigrants.

    Local State Reform Party (STAR) politician Awang Ahmad Shah was just as pessimistic about the whole idea.

    He alleged that poor economic conditions in the Philippines would not attract Filipinos to go back home.

    Himself married to a Filipino, Awang said: “The problem in the Philippines is that although the amount of land is huge, it is all owned by the elites and those in power.”

    “So the village people don’t even have land to buy a house. And the cost of living is just too high. Petrol, diesel and cooking oil is just so expensive.”

    ‘They will never leave Sabah’

    Malaysia’s seemingly lax restrictions on immigration, he added, were also a factor.

    According to him, the government was not making it difficult for Filipinos to stay in Sabah.

    “We have to make their life tough. If they are illegal, we must send them home. It is not a question of being inhumane… chasing them out. But if we don’t do that, they will never leave Sabah,” he said.

    Universiti Teknologi Mara Sabah political analyst Arnold Puyok was similarly doubtful of the idea of Filipino immigrants leaving the state.

    He said that it was a debatable matter even if peace came to the Southern Philippines and economic development there in full sway.

    “We have to know the reasons why the immigrants are here. It boils down to the issue of whether they feel safe to go back to their own country,” he said.

    Puyok added that the only way to solve Sabah’s immigrant problem was to have a “concrete” bilateral agreement between the Filipino and Malaysian governments.

    Aside from the RCI, the federal government has said little on what it intends to do with Sabah’s immigrants, a population which appears to be rising in number every year.

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