Chua: Seriousness of case warrants a royal commission
Tawau, Sep 10, 2009: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President and
Member of Parliament for Tawau, Datuk Chua Soon Bui, said it was very
serious matter concerning the recent relevation in New Sabah Times on 5th
Sept. 2009 and Chinese dailies on 6th Sept. 2009 regarding the possibility
of granting MyKad applications to about 200 illegal immigrants from
Kalabakan Tengah 1 from 10 -12 August 2009.
She urged the federal ministers from Sabah to push the authorities to
investigate this serious matter purportedly involving NRD officials from
KK and Tawau, as exposed by PKR’s Tawau Chief, Kong Hong Ming.
"It also shows that our own NRD officials are possibly involved in helping
illegal foreigners to infiltrate the country’s sovereignty in Sabah," said
She hoped the federal ministers from Sabah would seek immediate
clarifications from the relevant authorities, particularly the mobile
units of National Registration Department from Kota Kinabalu, the reported
RELA personnel and those responsible for transporting the illegals to
Kalabakan Tengah 1 for the registration of MyKad applications.
She said the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry is long overdue
in view of the past rampant cases since the 80's.
"The Royal Commission
of Inquiry should deliberate on the said cases and maybe many other
applications that might slipped through the security systems in recent
years. The investigation should tackle the problems at the roots and the
culprits should be punished under the Law.
She said the law requires that any applications to the mobile units of the
National Registration Department to be certified and endorsed by the
magistrates of the mobile court rather than just based on the
recommendations by the village chiefs.
Chua also asked why there were reported cases of abuses of the
recommendations by the village chiefs in the present system, where the
requirement of certification and endorsement by the magistrates has been
She also wanted the Ministry of Home affairs to ensure that such
certification and endorsement by properly enforced so that there is a
check and balance in the mobile unit applications of the National
Registration Department to minimize any future abuses.
"It is a shame if these incidents are happening right below our noses and
our future generations will blame us for not protecting our land and our
She said that she had received many complaints from members of the general
public who are worried and concerned about the suspect 'Project IC' for
the coming election.
"While genuine local villagers are still waiting for a long time for the
approval of their MyKad applications, the mobile units from NRD were seen
to be focusing rather on facilitating the MyKad applications by illegal
"How could the government reassure the people of Sabah that the ‘Project
IC’ would not be just another ‘convenient gateway’ for granting MyKads to
large numbers of illegals?
She called upon the Prime Minister, YAB Dato Sri Najib bin Tun Razak to be
more accountable and transparent to the people on the suspected IC scam.
She hoped that the 6 Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in the key
ministries implemented by the PM show his sincere political will to ensure
that the government tackles the illegal immigrant problems in Sabah.