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    Dr M's right-hand men implicated in Sabah IC scam




    • 4:32PM Jan 16, 2013


    Two of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's closest confidantes were today implicated by witnesses testifying before the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the alleged citizenship-for-votes scam in Sabah.

    A former Sabah National Registration Department (NRD) officer testified that he and the others stayed at the house of Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (right), who was then Mahathir's political secretary, when they were roped in to issue blue identity cards to the immigrants.

    Yakup Damsah, who was then Tamparuli NRD chief, told the RCI that he and the other NRD officers were flown from Sabah to Kuala Lumpur, from where they worked out of Aziz's house in Kampung Pandan.

    "After receiving instructions from then-Sabah NRD chief Abdul Rauf Sani, we were ordered to go to KL and were placed at Pak Aziz Shamsuddin's residence in Kampung Pandan," Yakup said.

    He said they were tasked to sign the identity cards that were to be issued to the immigrants, which were subsequently laminated at the NRD headquarters in Petaling Jaya and shipped to the Kota Kinabalu NRD for distribution.

    Detained under Internal Security Act

    "We were briefed about our special assignment by a person not known to us, named 'Mat Nor'. He told us to issue blue identity cards to the immigrants," he said.

    Yakup, who was eventually detained under the Internal Security Act, said he was aware that the operation was illegal, but he followed the instructions as he was a public servant.

    "We were told that we would be protected from any legal action," he said.

    Yakup said his group signed a total of 40,000 blue identity cards within a month, based on the filled up application forms provided to them.

    "We did not look at the forms in detail, we just signed... We know that they were immigrants, mostly Indonesians and Filipinos, but we did not know whether they were legal immigrants or not," he said.

    He added that the intent of their action was to increase the number of Muslim voters in Sabah and to ensure that these people would vote for Umno in the 1994 Sabah state election.

    Concurrently, Yakup said, his group was also involved in another operation, in which they did not grant the immigrants citizenship but issued them with temporary identity card receipts (NRD receipts) with an expiry date, purely for the purpose of the election.

    'Ex-deputy home minister also implicated'

    Testifying on this earlier, former Sabah National Registation Department director Ramli Kamaruddin, who succeeded Abdul Rauf, said this operation began close to the election date.

    Ramli said the operation was carried out after he personally received instructions from then-deputy home minister Megat Junid Megat Ayub (left).

    Elaborating on the operation, Ramli said he was instructed to issue identity card receipts to immigrants using the details of people who were already in the electoral roll but had never voted before.

    “I received a call two weeks before the 1994 Sabah state election to meet Megat Junid at a hotel. I was instructed to help to ensure that a state government endorsed by the federal government would win.

    “I was instructed to issue NRD receipts using the name and IC numbers of voters already in the electoral roll, with the sole purpose of allowing them to vote,” Ramli added.

    NRD receipts are temporary identity card slips that are issued prior to the granting of a proper identity card. This document is sufficient to enable a person to vote, he explained.

    The other personality present at the hotel then was Osu Sukam, who would go on to become Sabah chief minister in 1999.

    When contacted late this evening, Aziz's immediate repose was: "I don't remember anything about this matter. Thank you."

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    Ex-NRD chief: Immigrants made voters, not citizens




    • 7:24PM Jan 16, 2013


    Former Sabah National Registration Department (NRD) chief Ramli Kamarudin admitted that his agency was involved in making it possible for Indonesians and Filipinos to vote in the 1994 Sabah state election, but denied that they were made citizens.

    This, he explained, was because the immigrants were not issued identity card receipts in their name, but instead were issued receipts using the names and identity card numbers from people already in the electoral roll who never voted before, or are dead.

    The receipts are temporary identity card slips, issued prior to the granting of a proper identity card. This document is sufficient to allow for voting.

    "But because the receipts are not in their name, they cannot go to the NRD and later convert them to a blue identity card.

    "Furthermore, the slips also have an expiry date of three months," he told the royal commission on inquiry (RCI) of the immigrants in Sabah.

    He added that after the state election, measures were also taken to gather all the receipts and destroy them.

    "During election day, we gathered them in one place and then used buses to send them to vote.

    'We bussed and paid them'

    "We paid each of them about RM10 to RM20, because they could not go to work and so we had to compensate them," he said.

    On average, he said his team planted an average of 200 immigrants with receipts at selected state seats deemed as "black areas” for BN.

    Ramli, like several NRD officers involved, was eventually detained under the Internal Security Act.

    Earlier, he had explained that he began the receipt operation after personally receiving instructions from the then deputy home minister Megat Junid Megat Ayub at a hotel in Kota Kinabalu, two weeks before the 1994 Sabah state election.

    Ramli, who was previously with the National Security Council under the Prime Minister's Department, said he was asked to helm the Sabah National Registration Department in 1993.

    "Before I was sent there, I was briefed to help support the creation of a government that would be in favour to the Islam religion in Sabah.

    "When they mentioned this, I was attracted and I agreed to help bring a government that was supportive of the Islam religion to power," he said, adding that this meant ousting Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).

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    RCIII in Sabah – Integrity of Election Commission and National Registration Dept? (3)


    ‘NRD’s G17 processed over 100k blue ICs for foreigners’

    Nigel Aw
    Malaysiakini
    7:22PM Jan 16, 2013

    A special unit dubbed G17 operated out of the Sabah National Registration Department (NRD) headquarters in Kota Kinabalu beginning 1990 and was responsible for processing the application forms for some 100,000 blue identity cards for immigrants, the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on immigrants in Sabah was told today.

    Kee Dzulkifly Kee Abdul Jalil, who was part of the unit, said he was tasked to write down the names and numbers on the blue identity cards that was then done manually before they were shipped to Kuala Lumpur.

    “I wrote down the names according to what is in the application forms that were given to us,” he said, adding that the unit processed an estimated 100,000 such identity cards.

    Furthermore, he said his unit was also responsible for issuing letters of approval for birth certificates, which he estimated the unit had produced some 200,000 for the children of immigrants.

    “This approval letter would allow them to get hospitals or district office to issue them with a birth certificate,” he said. He admitted to being paid RM80,000 for his work.

    Primarily Muslims targeted

    Beginning 1987, statutory declaration were no longer accepted for the application of blue identity card and birth certificates were required.

    He added that later, such applicants were charged RM300 each and the funds were then channeled to G17.

    He said the targets were primarily Muslims from Indonesia, the Philippines and Pakistan, some of whom were later recruited to work for unnamed political parties.

    He was later detained under the Internal Security Act from 1995 until 1997, followed by another year of house arrest.

    Also testifying today were Kee Dzulkifly’s former NRD colleagues who were all involved in the operation and detained under ISA, namely Asli Sidup, Alcop Damsah @ Yakup Damsah, Nasit Sugip and their boss Ramli Kamaruddin.

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    Ex-NRD man defends giving ICs to undocumented immigrants


    By Boo Su-Lyn
    January 17, 2013
    A refugee told the RCI he got his IC without applying for it. — Picture courtesy of humanrightspartymalaysia.com

    KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 – A former National Registration Department (NRD) official defended today his action in issuing blue identity cards to undocumented immigrants, pointing out that rural villagers lacked documents too.Former Sabah NRD director Datuk Abdul Rauf Sani told the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants here today that most people living in the interiors of Sabah like Kampung Buaian, Terian and Ulu Pensiangan did not have birth certificates.

    “Their status are like immigrants,” said Rauf at the RCI here today.

    “What’s the difference between them and illegal immigrants? All of them don’t have documents,” he added.
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    Megat Junid’s alleged order to let immigrants vote ‘shocking’, say Bersih leaders


    By Ida Lim and Syed Jaymal Zahiid
    January 17, 2013
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — Leaders of polls watchdog Bersih 2.0 have expressed shock over accusations that a former minister had ordered the National Registration Department’s (NRD) Sabah branch to enable illegal immigrants to vote.

    Yesterday, former Sabah NRD director Ramli Kamarudin told an inquiry panel that the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub had instructed him to provide immigrants with NRD receipts, temporary documents that allowed them to vote in a 1994 state election.
    Ambiga said the accusations amounted to electoral ‘fraud’. — File pic

    Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, the Bersih 2.0 co-chair, described Ramli’s testimony during a hearing before the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Sabah’s illegal immigrants as “shocking”, saying that this amounted to electoral “fraud”.“The evidence is shocking in one sense but on the other hand, this is exactly what the people have been suspecting all along. What has happened and is happening in Sabah is reported to be happening in West Malaysia too! This is fraud and nothing less,” she told The Malaysian Insider when contacted yesterday.

    She said that it suggested that there was a “conspiracy”, saying that there is “cause for grave concern”.

    “It suggests a conspiracy at high levels. Of course it is not proper to comment fully yet until all the evidence is given and the other side of this sorry tale is told. For now I can say that what is surfacing is cause for grave concern.”

    Maria Chin Abdullah, a Bersih 2.0 steering committee member, similarly expressed shock over what was testified during the RCI hearing yesterday.

    “We are shocked but at the same time glad that these people are making such exposes as the EC (Election Commission) had denied that all this is happening.”

    “This is why we need observers with all these exposes...,” she told The Malaysian Insideryesterday.

    Bersih 2.0 along with MAFREL and Pusat Komas have been recruiting citizens through PEMANTAU to observe both the campaign and polling period of Election 2013, while Tindak Malaysia has been actively training polling agents as observers.

    These civil society groups say that having such observers would help to prevent electoral fraud from happening in what is expected to be an intense battle for votes.
    Maria was happy that people are making such exposes.

    Yesterday, Ramli said that Megat Junid, the then deputy home affairs minister, had in 1994 told him to match the details of the NRD receipts issued to illegal immigrants to the names and identity card numbers of registered voters.“We gave them (immigrants) RM20,” Ramli told the inquiry panel yesterday.

    “We teach them how to vote. We gather them in a house. We send them by bus to the polling stations. Then we send them back and we collect the receipts. The receipts are just for voting. We did not give them identity cards,” he added.

    Ramli said that about 200 NRD receipts were issued in five or six state constituencies each in Sabah that were considered “black spots that were difficult for the government to win.”

    Ramli, who said he was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) from 1995 to 1997, also denied receiving bribes.

    “This was a direct order from the deputy home affairs minister himself, even though I admit that it was illegal,” he said.

    He added that the directive was given at a meeting with Megat Junid, Umno’s Datuk Seri Osu Sukam (who later became Sabah chief minister in 1999) and an NRD registration officer named Asli Sidup, at the Hyatt Hotel in Kota Kinabalu two weeks before the 1994 state election.

    “The receipts were strictly for voting. After that, we would collect the receipts and destroy them,” said Ramli.

    Asli testified later that 200 NRD receipts were used in the Kawang state constituency in the 1994 state election, which Osu won by a mere 64 votes.

    The 1994 state election saw Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) winning just 25 out of 48 state assembly seats.

    But several PBS assemblymen defected to Barisan Nasional (BN) shortly after, causing the collapse of the PBS government.

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister who was in power from 1981 to 2003, has been accused of spearheading the so-called “Project IC”, in which citizenship was allegedly given to immigrants in exchange for their votes.

    But former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris Salleh, who administered the state from 1976 to 1985, denied on Tuesday the existence of “Project IC”.

    The inquiry before RCI chairman Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong resumes today.
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    Alien-vote order claim nothing to do with EC, says chief


    By Md Izwan
    January 17, 2013
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — The Election Commission (EC) has no power over citizenship registration, its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said today in the latest scorcher that illegal immigrants had been issued official documents enabling them to cast ballots in the 1994 Sabah polls.

    Abdul Aziz, who has been in office since December 31, 2008, pointed out that the alleged incident happened 19 years ago, but said that it would be against the law and called on those in charge to explain.
    Abdul Aziz said those involved in the alleged illegal immigrant voter registration in Sabah in 1994 must explain. — File pic

    A royal panel investigating the massive flood of illegals said to be swamping Malaysia’s easternmost state was yesterday told that a former deputy home minister ordered a National Registration Department (NRD) official to issue receipts to non-citizens that matched the names and identity card numbers of registered voters.“It is unfair for me to give comment on today’s RCI revelation.

    “This case happened in 1994 and it has been more than 20 years since it happened. Whether true or not has yet to be established, in fact the accused is also no longer around,” said Abdul Aziz, referring to the former deputy home minister, Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub, who died of prostrate cancer in 2008.

    Abdul Aziz reiterated that his agency’s task was only to register voters and that the EC cross-checks their citizenship based on the colour — blue — of the ICs issued by the NRD. Legal immigrants in the country are issued red ICs.

    “Apart from that, I want to stress that the whole voter registration process will then be checked with the JPN and KDN,” he said, referring to the NRD and the Home Ministry respectively by their Malay initials.

    Abdul Aziz said such action, if proven true, was against the law, adding that those in charge must explain.

    “If true that it happened in 1994, I absolutely disagree with such action.

    “EC today will not register any foreigner as a voter,” he said, adding that he guaranteed it.

    A royal commission of inquiry (RCI) investigating the allegations is conducting a public hearing on the matter in Kota Kinabalu and has until March to wrap up investigations.

    Yesterday, former Sabah NRD director Ramli Kamarudin disclosed that Megat Junid had told him that the NRD receipts were to match the names and IC numbers of registered voters.

    “We gave them (immigrants) RM20,” Ramli had said.

    “We teach them how to vote. We gather them in a house. We send them by bus to the polling stations. Then we send them back and we collect the receipts. The receipts are just for voting. We did not give them identity cards,” he added.

    Ramli had said that about 200 NRD receipts were issued in five or six state constituencies each in Sabah that were considered “black spots that were difficult for the government to win.”

    “One area maybe 400,” he had said.

    About 28 per cent of Sabah’s 3.2 million-strong population are foreigners, numbering at 889,000, based on a 2010 census.

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, who was in power from 1981 to 2003, has been accused of spearheading the so-called “Project IC” in which citizenship was allegedly given to immigrants for their votes.

    But former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris Salleh, who administered the state from 1976 to 1985, denied yesterday the existence of “Project IC”.

    The citizenship-for-votes allegation is one of the key issues that has been raised in the run-up to Election 2013, which must be called by April when the ruling Barisan Nasional’s mandate expires.
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    Filipino refugee says got blue IC without applying for it


    UPDATED @ 03:07:43 PM 17-01-2013
    By Boo Su-Lyn
    January 17, 2013
    KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 — A Filipino refugee told the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants here today that he had received a blue identity card without applying for it.

    Ismail Balaka said he fled to Sabah in 1975 to escape the civil war in the Philippines.
    The refugee told the RCI he got his IC without applying for it. — Picture courtesy of humanrightspartymalaysia.com

    “Did you obtain your identity card without going to the National Registration Department (NRD)?” asked conducting officer Jamil Aripin at the RCI here today.“That’s correct,” said Ismail.
    He added that he also registered as a voter and has voted five times in Sabah.

    Ismail, a shipbuilding worker, said he is now staying at the Kinarut settlement in Sabah with his second Filipino wife and their four children, who all have blue identity cards too.

    He added that his first wife, who is also from the Philippines, was taking care of their five children.

    Ismail said he and some others were called one day to gather at their village hall, but did not specify when.

    Some people, whom Ismail said he could not identify, told him and the other villagers to sign a form, give their fingerprints and have their picture taken.

    “I heard that we would be given Malaysian identity cards. After three or five months, I received a blue identity card,” said Ismail, according to his statement to the police that Jamil read out.

    Ismail, who wore a white shirt, added that he did not pay for the identity card.

    He also said that he did not possess any documents before getting the blue identity card, such as the red or green identity card for permanent residence or temporary residence respectively.

    He denied that he was given conditions or told how to vote before getting the blue identity card.

    Former Sabah NRD assistant registrar Kee Dzulkifly Kee Abd Jalil testified yesterday that 100,000 blue identity cards were given to Filipino, Indonesian and Pakistani immigrants in Sabah in 1993.

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister who was in power from 1981 to 2003, has been accused of spearheading the so-called “Project IC” in which citizenship was allegedly given to immigrants for their votes.

    But former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris Salleh, who administered the state from 1976 to 1985, denied on Tuesday the existence of “Project IC”.

    Ismail said today that he did not intend to return to the Philippines.

    Another Filipino refugee called Hatta Ghani testified today that he received a blue identity card in 1990 after applying for it in 1988, but had never had a red identity card.

    Hatta, a construction worker, also said that he registered as a voter immediately after getting the blue identity card.

    “I voted once in Keningau and twice in Kawang,” said Hatta, who wore a white kopiah.

    The inquiry before former Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong resumes in the afternoon.
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    RCI tell-all may finally end Sabah illegals problem, say state BN leaders


    By Clara Chooi
    Assistant News Editor

    January 17, 2013
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — Unfazed by the latest allegations against their party elders on the controversial 1980s “Projek IC” in Sabah, several local Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders have expressed relief that the state’s prolonged immigrants problem may finally be resolved.

    Speaking to The Malaysian Insider last night, the leaders acknowledged that the incriminating stories of the clandestine “citizenships-for-votes” exchange with illegal foreigners could hurt their chances at the ballot boxes when federal polls are held.
    Abdul Rahman urged all parties not to ‘jump the gun’. — File pic

    But they pointed out that this proves Datuk Seri Najib Razak and BN’s sincerity in the promise to end the state’s over four-decades-old dilemma. After years of lobbying by Sabah-based BN parties, the opposition and civil society groups, the first-term prime minister had last year agreed to form a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to resolve the issue.During the royal panel’s hearing yesterday, two former National Registration Department (NRD) officials testified that the much talked-about “Projek IC” had existed, and was used to increase the state’s Muslim population and help the government stay in power.

    It was revealed that around 100,000 blue identity cards were issued to immigrants in Sabah in 1993 and these foreigners were also given NRD receipts, which were temporary documents that allowed them to vote during the 1994 state election.

    The name of a former minister, the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub, was mentioned during the testimonies by former Sabah NRD director Ramli Kamarudin and his former assistant registrar Kee Dzulkifly Kee Abd Jalil as the source of the directive to issue the identity cards and voting rights.

    “I can say this to you — this is exactly what we have been fighting for, this RCI. There was a chorus of claims from the opposition when the panel was formed... they said that nothing positive would come of this.

    “But look here, those subpoenaed as witnesses, they are credible people,” said United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) secretary-general Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau when contacted here.

    “I think, from what has already been said, we can expect that more will be revealed,” said the politician, who has also been summoned as a witness to the panel.

    Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) information chief Datuk Johnny Mositun echoed the same, saying that BN was not afraid to unearth every piece of evidence on the unchecked influx of foreigners into Sabah and the state’s unhealthy population boom.

    He pointed out that details on the alleged “Projek IC” have in the past been repeatedly revealed, particularly during the Likas election petition case in the High Court, but no action had been taken then.
    Wilfred has also been summoned as a witness to the RCI.

    “I think since our government is sincere here with this RCI, I appeal, I appeal that investigations are carried out properly... prove this happened so that it can be resolved for good,” he said.But the leaders were also quick to add that the purpose of the royal panel probe was not to go on a “witch hunt” and punish those deemed responsible for the longstanding dilemma.

    They pointed out that despite the damning testimonies, the RCI proceedings are unlike that of a court case where witnesses are later cross-examined to offer the accused party a chance to defend his or herself.

    Sabah BN secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan urged all parties not to “jump the gun” and to wait for the RCI panel’s decision once the hearing concludes and they agree on their recommendations.

    “I do not want to sound like I am being prejudiced here, but think about the facts and the circumstances before you judge.

    “Someone could come up there and say the fault belongs to another and so on and so forth and then who are we to blame?” he noted, adding that the blame has so far been heaped on Megat Junid, who is no longer alive to defend himself.

    Yesterday, ex-NRD director Ramli said that Megat Junid, the then deputy home affairs minister, had in 1994 told him to match the details of the NRD receipts issued to illegal immigrants to the names and identity card numbers of registered voters.

    “We gave them (immigrants) RM20,” Ramli told the inquiry panel yesterday.

    “We teach them how to vote. We gather them in a house. We send them by bus to the polling stations. Then we send them back and we collect the receipts. The receipts are just for voting. We did not give them identity cards,” he added.

    Ramli said that about 200 NRD receipts were issued in five or six state constituencies each in Sabah that were considered “black spots that were difficult for the government to win.”

    Ramli, who said he was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) from 1995 to 1997, also denied receiving bribes.

    “This was a direct order from the deputy home affairs minister himself, even though I admit that it was illegal,” he said.
    Johnny said details on the alleged ‘Projek IC’ have been repeatedly revealed in the past, but no action had been taken then.

    He added that the directive was given at a meeting with Megat Junid, Umno’s Datuk Seri Osu Sukam (who later became the Sabah chief minister in 1999) and an NRD registration officer named Asli Sidup, at Hyatt Hotel in Kota Kinabalu two weeks before the 1994 state election.“The receipts were strictly for voting. After that, we would collect the receipts and destroy them,” said Ramli.

    Asli testified later that 200 NRD receipts were used in the Kawang state constituency in the 1994 state election, which Osu won by a mere 64 votes.

    The 1994 state election saw PBS winning just 25 of the 48 state assembly seats.

    But several PBS assemblymen defected to BN shortly after, causing the collapse of the PBS government.

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister who was in power from 1981 to 2003, has been accused of spearheading the so-called “Projek IC”, in which citizenships were allegedly given to immigrants in exchange for their votes.

    But former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris Salleh, who administered the state from 1976 to 1985, denied on Tuesday the existence of “Projek IC”.

    The inquiry before RCI chairman Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong resumes today.

    Sabah has nearly a million registered voters ― 926,638, to be exact, according to a June report in English-language daily The Star.

    The issue of illegals has turned emotive among Sabah natives like the Kadazandusun and Murut communities, many of whom feel that the state’s sovereignty has been stolen through the continued influx of foreigners from countries like the Philippines and Indonesia.

    It is no secret that Sabahans are angry and want these foreigners shipped back to their home countries in one way or another. They also often blame the group for robbing them of job opportunities and for the rise in the state’s social, economic and security problems.

    Recent statistics from a 2010 census of Sabah’s population showed an extraordinary 390 per cent increase from 636,431 citizens in 1970 to 3,120,040 citizens in 2010 ― more than double the national population growth of just 164 per cent.

    Of the 3.12 million Sabah population today, reports have estimated that 27 per cent are foreigners.


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    Explain 'citizenship-for-votes', Ambiga tells EC





    • 11:24AM Jan 17, 2013


    Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan says the Election Commission (EC) must explain the allegations of a ‘citizenship-for-votes’ scheme as testified by witnesses in the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on immigrants in Sabah yesterday.

    “Although it is an ongoing RCI proceeding and one has to wait until its conclusion for all the evidence to come in, it is incumbent on the EC to respond immediately either to the public or at the RCI because it is a direct challenge to their integrity,” she said when contacted today.

    Describing the allegations as “spine-chilling”, Ambiga (right) said the allegations would undermine public confidence in the electoral system and impair the EC’s ability to conduct elections if left unanswered.

    The former Bar Council president also urged the EC to clean up the electoral roll, and expressed concern that what happened in Sabah may have also occurred elsewhere in Malaysia.

    Yesterday, several former National Registration Department (NRD) officers told the RCI in Kota Kinabalu that they were instructed to facilitate immigrants to vote during the 1990s and help install a BN-friendly state government.

    These operations ranged from issuing identity card receipts of existing voters to immigrants to issuing blue identity cards tounqualified immigrants.

    When contacted, EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said he has been given legal advice not to comment on the proceedings while it is ongoing, and the EC itself would be giving testimony to the RCI sometime in February.

    However, he stressed that the EC is currently following due process in registering voters, unlike what had allegedly happened over 20 years ago.

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