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The RCI Galore: Panic has set into Umno and BN

The RCI Galore: Panic has set into Umno and BN

COMMENT | There are three ways to know if Umno is in a state of panic.

First, they roll out the cash as if there is no tomorrow. Second, they start identifying and demonising their enemies.

And, finally, which is new to Umno, but nonetheless repeated ad nauseum, is the persistent focus on a royal commission of inquiry (RCI).

As of today, all three have been in the offing, which goes to show that the whole of the Umno supreme council, including Umno Youth, have found themselves backed into the corner. How?

To begin with, Pakatan Harapan’s formula of 10 and five has struck terror into the heart of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The formula affirmed that any drop in 10 percent of the Malay votes and five percent of the non-Malay votes is enough to consign Umno to the dust heap of history.

All across Johor, for example, the votes for Umno, and by extension the BN’s as well, have dropped consistently by 25 to 30 percent since 2008, and are still dropping.

The likelihood of Umno losing its ceremonial stronghold is strong, especially when MCA has already caved in.

Gone are the days when the MCA president, in order to capitalise on the strength of Umno in Johor, can compete in one of the safe seats in Johor.

This is what Ong Ka Ting did before he too had to throw up his hand. Party vice-president Chua Tee Yong came within a whisker of losing Labis in Johor in 2013, and looks certain to be dislodged if he remains there.

Umno and BN know that they have lost their fixed deposit in Peninsular Malaysia, especially in Johor.

When Umno and BN are weak, the lunge at their opponents will start at will, even if this is done without any rhyme and reason.

Within a week after Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Muhyiddin Yassin embarked on their “Jelajah Semarak” and 1MDB roadshow, five Umno supreme council members have attacked Mahathir and Muhyiddin.

One will notice that when they need an “ulama” to burrow into Dr Mahathir, they have had no one to go to except PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang (photo).

Secondly, Umno and BN are also in white panic, precisely because they know investigations by the US Department of Justice may go criminal anytime soon.

When they do, their own charade that they have done nothing wrong will come crashing down.

Third, instead of launching an RCI on a monumental scandal involving billions of dollars like 1MDB, Najib has taken to dredging the past history of Malaysia with the aim to reduce the stature of Mahathir.

The RCI Galore: Panic has set into Umno and BN
Rais Hussin
22 Aug 17 – malaysiakini


A govt that consider investigations only when it suits them?

Wanted: A govt that leads, not one playing for political points
21 Aug 2017 – TMI


If there is any scandal worth a RCI now, it must be the 1MDB scandal

Singapore jailing screams for Putrajaya action on 1MDB

SINGAPORE sentenced wealth planner Yeo Jiawei to 54 months’ jail today for money laundering and cheating in relation to a massive global probe involving billions of dollars allegedly misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

He is one of a few convicted for offences related to 1MDB in Singapore, which is the only country out of at least 10 jurisdictions investigating the 1MDB scandal that has made Malaysia and “Malaysian Official No. 1” global headline news.

The latest decision also piles more pressure on the Malaysian government to act and makes nonsense of claims that nothing wrong happened at 1MDB and that the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) suit is without merit.

If that were true, why are so many jurisdictions looking into the matter and the DoJ had to file two suits for monies used for purposes other than what it was raised for by 1MDB?

If that were true, why did Malaysia settle and agree to pay the Abu Dhabi-owned International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC) in an arbitration done in London?

Can Putrajaya now honestly say everything is fine with 1MDB that it can give out RM690 million for corporate social responsibility work over the years?

And that none of its officials had mismanaged the company until it had to sell of its land, power and water utilities assets and change both management and auditors several times in its eight years of existence?

It is pathetic that to carry on the delusion that all is well with 1MDB by handing out charity and haj sponsorships. It is a lie to say that all the bad news about 1MDB is spun by the opposition.

The greatest lie is to believe 1MDB is doing well and all its monies are intact.

If that were true, then Yeo is a victim of perverted justice. His 54-month sentence is the longest meted out to date by a Singapore court on 1MDB-related charges.

Others convicted and jailed by Singapore, such as senior banker Yak Yew Chee and banker Yvonne Seah Yew Foong, must have also be victims of perverted justice if anyone is to believe the Malaysian story.

And was Singapore wrong to issue the highest fine of S$128,000 to Falcon Bank’s ex-manager Jens Sturzenegger who was sentenced to 28 weeks’ jail, for his role in the 1MDB saga?

Putrajaya has to act against those involved in the 1MDB scandal here. A thorough investigation is a start, declassifying the auditor-general’s report is another. And beyond that, bringing people to justice.

If there is any scandal worth a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) now, it must be the 1MDB scandal. The rest of the world is taking action, but Putrajaya appears to fantasise an Arabian nights’ tale that all is well. – July 12, 2017.

Singapore jailing screams for Putrajaya action on 1MDB
12 Jul 2017 – Malaysian Insight


RCI on GE13 fraud, not ‘Red Bean Army’

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has laughed off calls for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on the so-called Red Bean Army, calling on the cabinet to set up a RCI on electoral fraud instead.

“If cabinet sets up a RCI on the alleged DAP-funded ‘Red Bean Army’, Malaysia will make history as the first country in the world which establishes a RCI on a fictitious allegation,” Lim said in a statement yesterday.

Lim was responding to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim’s (left in photo) intention to propose the establishment of the RCI at the cabinet meeting this Friday.

The proposal was made by a coalition of 130 NGOs who claim that the Red Bean Army was DAP’s well-funded online propaganda machine that has raised racial tensions and created political instability.

Lim said that the allegations that DAP was spending millions of ringgit to maintain the Red Bean Army was ludicrous.

“I do not believe that any Umno/BN leader of even minimum intelligence would believe in the tall tale of the DAP-funded army of 3,000 cybertroopers with a budget ranging from RM100 million to RM1 billion.” said Lim.

Ploy by Umno cybertroopers to raise fund

However, should there be a RCI to look into electoral fraud, Lim said he would throw his full weight behind it.

“I will support a RCI on why it was not a ‘clean, free and fair’ election, with results generally regarded as undemocratic and unrepresentative of the will of the electorate,” he said, referring to the May 5 general election.

“But these claims of a ‘Red Bean Army’ are just fictitious.”

Kit Siang wants RCI on GE13 fraud, not ‘Red Bean Army’
Jul 3, 2013 – Malaysiakini


Ex-don: BN parties and rulers should respond to Dr M

Umno, MCA, MIC, and the Conference of Rulers should respond to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Muhamad’s statement yesterday because it undermines the social contract between Malaysia’s three main races, said constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari.

He said that when Mahathir mooted a royal commission of inquiry on first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman’s granting of a million citizenships to a million immigrants in pre-independence Malaya, it was tantamount to saying that they had obtained citizenship illegally.

“Funnily enough, Mahathir, in his attempt to save his skin has somehow shot Umno’s own foot.

“When he said that Tunku has committed the same crime he has actually undermined the notion of social contract which among others include the acceptance of the Malay special privilege position on the part of Chinese and Indians in return for the citizenship status.

“Umno, MCA and MIC should not keep quiet. They must state their position. Mahathir has virtually said that the Chinese and Indians got their citizenship through immoral and illegal means,” he said in a statement today.

The former law professor also pointed out that there is a huge difference between what Tunku did and what Mahathir allegedly did.

Therefore, he said there is no need for the RCI that Mahathir suggested because, “unlike Tunku, what was done by Mahathir in 1994 looks like a crime and worse, treason against the nation”.

He explained that this is because Tunku was merely following the recommendations of the Reid Commission report, which were later incorporated in Part III of the federal constitution.

Ex-don: BN parties and rulers should respond to Dr M
Jan 20, 2013 – Malaysiakini


Lest We Forget – A book on illegal immigration in Sabah

Book title: Lest We Forget
Author : Dr Chong Eng Leong

This is a book which has long been in the writing considering that the writer, Dr Chong Eng Leong, filed an election petition back in 1999 alleging that there were phantom voters in the then Likas state constituency.
Lest We Forget
He had stood there as a PBS (Parti Bersatu Sabah) candidate and lost.

Dr Chong, a leading general surgeon at the Sabah Medical Centre in Kota Kinabalu, had always been an activist against illegal immigration.

The writer won a landmark judgment that prompted the Election Commission to have the Election Act amended to the effect that once the Electoral Rolls have been gazetted, they are not challengeable in any court of law.

Better late than never, Dr Chong has marshaled an impressive array of facts and figures in this documentation of an explosive issue, illegal immigration, for posterity.

It is feared that there will be “a reverse takeover” of the state one day by foreigners i.e. if it is not already happening.

Suhakam (Malaysian Human Rights Commissioner) vice chairman Simon Sipaun touches on this fear in his foreword to the book.

“It (the situation) appears to be out of control as clearly indicated in this book by Dr Chong Eng Leong,” writes Sipaun, a former Sabah state secretary, who sympathises with the plight of the illegal immigrants as well.

“We cannot blame the illegals. However, the public is questioning the authorities for allowing illegal immigrants to enter Sabah so easily.”

“They are also questioning why and how these foreigners could easily become citizens through the backdoor.”

Population expands because of illegals

The year 1970 is the base year in the book.

In that year, statistics put Sabah’s population at some 648, 693 and that of neighbouring Sarawak at 976, 269.

By the year 2000, Sabah’s 2,603,485 population had overtaken Sarawak’s 2,012, 616.

Given the advent of modern medicines, in the absence of economic and social progress, demographers tell us that population doubles naturally every 25 years.

It’s the effects of economic and social progress that act as a damper once they set in as in Singapore, for example.

Sabah’s figures clearly don’t jell unlike Sarawak’s.

The extraordinary increase in Sabah can only be attributed to illegal immigrants being counted as Malaysians, according to the book.

The population figures for Sabah today are variously put between 3.5 million and 4.5 million – some of the population floating all the time – using rice consumption as a guideline.

Sarawak meanwhile hovers around 2.5 million.

Dr Chong leaves no stone unturned to point fingers at former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the chief architect of a covert state within a state project to pad the electoral rolls in 30 state seats in Sabah with the names of illegal immigrants mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia but also including the Indian subcontinent.

The idea was to tip the balance just enough to carry it off sufficiently to put Umno in the seat of power in Kota Kinabalu.

The ruling Umno had correctly anticipated that time was running out for the half-century old party in Peninsular Malaysia.

It needed to look elsewhere to shore up its continued hold on power and cast its eyes across the South China Sea.

Sabah was one answer.

Sarawak could be the next excuse if the Opposition Alliance, Pakatan Rakyat, upsets the apple cart there in forthcoming state elections just as PBS did earlier in 1985.

Such accusations are nothing new and have been made before.

But what is interesting is that Mahathir has never commented on these allegations one way or other.

Get control at whatever cost

Mahathir’s name was first mentioned in court in 1992 but it was not until the Likas petition that he became synonymous with the problem of illegal immigrants holding MyKads who were being listed in the electoral rolls.

There is an extraordinary wealth of information in the book complete with names, dates, places and eyewitness reports.

The mindset at work is demonstrated in Page 37, where the Commissioner of Police tells one Hassnar Ebrahim, an ex-ISA (Internal Security Act) detainee, to commit murders.

“Federal Government wants political control over Sabah at any cost, even to the extent of murdering innocent people to have a reason to declare emergency rule,” the CP is quoted as saying by Hassnar.

Pictures of the 1986 demonstrations and riots show police escorting the demonstrators, swarms of foreigners, who had also thronged the court when there was a bid to stop the state election.

Mahathir’s continued silence should tell us all something of the warped sense of destiny of Malaysia’s 4th Prime Minister.

He remains smug in the knowledge that no one can set the wheels in motion to go after him.

The Sabah of today and Malaysia which lurches from crisis to crisis is the result of the misguided policies of the Mahathir years which rewrote the rules on national security.

Basically, this is a tale of abuse of power and an exercise in acts of absolute power.

In that sense, it’s merely an extension of the Peninsular Malaysian political theatre where a series of events were set in motion viz. a Lord President tried by a kangaroo court of his peers and dismissed from the Judiciary, a Deputy Prime Minister incarcerated on circumstantial evidence and heresy; the Doctrine of the Separation of Powers, which provides for checks-and-balances, shunted aside by an Executive which was determined to reduce the other branches of government i.e. the Judiciary and the Legislature, to cringing subservience.

Sabah was child’s play compared with Peninsular Malaysia which had formidable foes in the form of the Bar Council, the NGOs, PAS and DAP, among others.

The amazing theme running through Lest We Forget is how easily the Federal Civil Service in Sabah caves in to the demands of their political masters and is willing to set aside internal systems of checks and balances to achieve a political goal.

That the Civil Service has been infiltrated by party politics over the last half century and heavily politicised is an open secret.

Even so, it’s surprising to discover the levels to which ordinary civil servants are willing to stoop to please their political masters.

Subservience and lack of political will

It is in this atmosphere of subservience and a cringing culture that Mahathir and others before him in Sabah have been able to make their identity card scams work.

This message comes across clearly in this book which can only be considered a labour of love. The entire proceeds from the sale of the book would go to the Borneo Heritage Foundation.

In addition, the writer dug into his own pockets for the initial outlay for the printing costs.

The book proposes various suggestions to overcome the menace of illegal immigration in Sabah.

But the lack of political will remains a stumbling block.

At the heart of these proposals is the emphasis on the National Registration Department (NRD) in Sabah and the Immigration Department Sabah, among others, being headed by locals and not imports from Peninsular Malaysia.

It is alleged that Peninsular Malaysians are mercenary and have no qualms about doing Sabah in if they are provided with the right mix of incentives.

Book blames peninsular politics for Sabah immigrant woes
Joe Fernandez
Aug 28, 2009 – Malaysiakini

With thanks to MCLM for the reminder about this book.


Shocking revelations in Sabah RCI

Ex-NRD man says ordered by Megat Junid to let immigrants vote

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 16 — A former National Registration Department (NRD) official accused the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub of ordering him to issue NRD receipts enabling illegal immigrants in Sabah to vote in the 1994 state election.

Former Sabah NRD director Ramli Kamarudin said Megat Junid, then the deputy home affairs minister, had told him that the NRD receipts were to match the names and IC numbers of registered voters.

“We gave them (immigrants) RM20,” Ramli told the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants here today.

“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.”

“One area maybe 400,” he said.

Ex-NRD man says ordered by Megat Junid to let immigrants vote
January 16, 2013 – TMI


‘We gave Muslim foreigners IDs to vote’

Sabah NRD director tells the RCI that he was personally instructed by Megat Junid Megat Ayub to recruit new voters.

KOTA KINABALU: A former National Registration Department (NRD) officer told an inquiry here that he took part in a project to give foreigners here identity cards so that they could vote in an election in the 1990s.

Mohd Nasir Sugip, who was detained under the now repealed Internal Security Act (ISA), told the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) he was part of a top secret operation dubbed ‘Ops Durian Buruk’ (Operation Rotten Durian) on the instruction of his bosses in the department.

He claimed the operation ran from 1992 to 1995 and said the instruction to furnish the foreigners with identity cards so that they could vote came from the state Election Commission (EC).

“At that time, Sabah SPR director Wan Ahmad handed over a list of 16,000 names to be made into ‘bumiputera Islam’ voters.

“My boss, Sabah NRD director Ramli Kamarudin, then verbally told me to execute this project,” he said.

Mohd Nasir said three other individuals were present when the instruction was issued but their names could not be immediately ascertained.

He said he followed the instructions given to him and recruited other officers at the district level for the operation.

Based on a list of names provided by the EC, foreigners were issued with new identity card numbers that contained their date of birth, photographs and names and all were mostly from Sandakan, Tawau, Sempoerna and other parts of the state, he said.

“The list consisted of Filipinos and Indonesians who were Muslim and aged above 21 years,” Mohd Nasir told the inquiry.

‘We planted voters’

These individuals were then planted as voters in various constituencies around Sabah with the objective of boosting the number of Muslim voters in the state.

“An example is in the state assembly seat of Sugut and the parliamentary seat of Kinabatangan. We planted about 800 voters in Sugut and in the next general election. the result was in favour of BN. The candidate won by 79 votes,” he said.

Mohd Nasir said all he was doing was following orders and he did not receive any payment for taking part in the operation. He was detained under the Internal Security Act, for three years from May 30, 1995.

The former NRD officer’s evidence flies in the face of repeated denials by top state leaders including former chief minister Harris Salleh that there was no concerted effort to provide immigrants with citizenship in exchange for votes for the BN as has long been alleged.

Meanwhile, NRD director, Ramli Kamaruddin, backed up Mohd Nasir’s claim saying he embarked on recruiting ‘new’ voters after personally receiving instructions from then-deputy home minister Megat Junid Megat Ayub.

“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 a state government endorsed by the federal government would win,” he told the inquiry.

He said he was instructed to issue to immigrants receipts for identity cards containing the details of people who were already in the electoral roll but had never voted.

“I was instructed to issue NRD receipts using the name and IC number of voters already in the electoral roll just to allow them to vote,” he said.

‘We gave Muslim foreigners IDs to vote’
January 16, 2013 – FMT


Ex-NRD man: EC made us issue ICs to immigrants

A former Sabah National Registration Department (NRD) official has provided the clearest proof yet that there was indeed a concerted effort by the authorities to alter Sabah’s electoral demographics in the 1990s.

Testifying before the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on Sabah’s immigration problems today, Mohd Nasir Sugip said his department had once took instructions from the state’s Election Commission (EC) to provide unqualified immigrants with identity card numbers so they are allowed to vote.

Mohd Nasir, who was once detained under the Internal Security Act, said the clandestine scheme was dubbed “Ops Durian Buruk” and ran from 1992 to 1995.

“At that time, the Sabah SPR director Wan Ahmad (Wan Yusof, left) handed a list of 16,000 names to be classified as ‘Bumiputera Islam’ voters.

“My boss, Sabah NRD director Ramli Kamarudin then verbally told me to execute this project,” he said.

Mohd Nasir also implicated three other individuals who were present when the instruction was issued, however their names could not be obtained as the RCI conducting officers – representatives of the Attorney-General’s Chambers – were not forthcoming.

‘It worked, BN won’

He said that he followed his instructions and recruited other unnamed officers at the district level for this operation.

Mohd Nasir said the operation involved providing the immigrants with identity cards and generating identity card numbers based on the date of birth, photographs and names provided by the EC.

“The list consisted of Filipinos and Indonesians who were Muslim and aged above 21 years old,” he said, adding that they were mostly from Sandakan, Tawau, Sempoerna and other parts of Sabah.

He added that these individuals are then planted as voters across Sabah with the objective of boosting the number of Muslim voters in the state.

“An example is in the state assembly seat of Sugud and the parliamentary seat of Kinabatangan.

“We planted about 800 voters in Sugud and in the next general election the results was in favour of BN. The candidate won by 79 votes,” he said.

Mohd Nasir said he did not receive any gratification by participating in the operation but was merely following instructions, for which he was detained under the ISA for three years beginning May 30, 1995.

Ex-NRD man: EC made us issue ICs to immigrants
Jan 16, 2013 – Malaysiakini


AG intentionally snubs Agong’s RCIs, says former senior cop

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim added today the purported snubbing of the Agong to the list of accusations he has levelled against Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail after the Attorney-General (AG) refused to say if his office would prosecute three anti-graft officers who allegedly drove Teoh Beng Hock to suicide.

The royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the DAP aide’s 2009 death had recommended that action be taken against then-Selangor MACC deputy director Hishammuddin Hashim, assistant enforcement office Arman Alies and assistant superintendent Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus.

But the country’s top lawyer instead told reporters yesterday the case has been referred back to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after emerging from a meeting with de facto law minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and MACC investigation chief Datuk Mustafar Ali.

Mat Zain, former city criminal investigations chief, pointed out in a letter sent to The Malaysian Insider that this was the second time Gani has failed to act on recommendations by an RCI.

The retired senior cop, who was the lead investigator in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s 1998 “black eye” case, said Gani, who has been AG since 2002, also failed to act on a previous RCI in 2007 probing allegations that appointments of judges were fixed.

The panel had recommended action against senior lawyer Datuk VK Lingam, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, Umno secretary general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, former Chief Justices Tun Eusoff Chin and Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim as well as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“What happened to the recommendations? Gani Patail doesn’t even care a damn about the RCI Commissioners nor has he any respect for them in spite of him knowing they were appointed by the Agong,” he wrote.

Mat Zain also said this was further cause for Datuk Seri Najib Razak to form a tribunal to investigate the various allegations of misconduct against the AG.

“In spite of the damage Gani Patail had done to the police’s image and credibility, I just cannot fathom how some of them are still willing to beg and kiss his feet, especially when knowing the sufferings he has caused, not just to the force but to the criminal justice system as a whole.

“The prime minister has no valid reasons to say no to a Tribunal. That is the only competent authority provided in the Constitution to adjudicate the conduct of the Attorney-General,” he said.

AG intentionally snubs Agong’s RCIs, says former senior cop
April 06, 2012 – TMI


Genuine RCI on Project M in Sabah?

KOTA KINABALU: The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition may have just acknowledged that it is in a fix in the “fixed deposit” state of Sabah.

That signal came yesterday when the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reform supported a long-held opposition demand for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over repeated allegations that illegal immigrants are voters in Sabah.

But now that the PSC has recommended that an RCI be formed on the issue, does it follow that one will be formed?

Not necessarily.

Between the recommendation and actuality lies a whole series of preliminary issues to be dealt with and finally agreement on what is called terms of reference, which is basically a series of rules on what can and cannot be investigated.

Political observers in Sabah see the PSC move as a ploy to keep the electorate satisfied that something is being done about the issue.

To quote one office worker: “Why now? This has been an open secret for two decades.”

The layman worker was referring to the exposé of what has come to be known as Project IC or Project M, with M standing for former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir allegedly engineered a scheme to re-populate the state with the perfect BN voters.

If truth be told and a RCI is formed and it does its job, it may unravel a plot strikingly similar to that 1972 satirical novel by Ira Levin – “The Stepford Wives” – that explored the idea of perfection.

Simmering anger in Sabah

In this case, observers will find frighteningly submissive voters all hard-wired to elect the BN coalition instead.

Sabah’s legitimate voters view their situation as a nightmare.

It has been long known that there is simmering anger among Sabahans over what they see as the gradual erosion of their rights and the PSC’s recommendation is the clearest indication yet that that anger is threatening to boil over in the next general election.

Genuine Sabah RCI will be a ‘nightmare’ for Najib
December 1, 2011 – FMT


Call for RCI into citizenship-for-votes claims

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan today pushed for the establishment of a royal panel to investigate claims the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) has been fast-tracking citizenship applications for foreigners in return for their votes.

The prominent lawyer and civil rights activist noted the federal government has been plagued by such claims recently and that the allegations persist despite repeated denials by its officials.

“I’m sorry but to me that’s the highest treason to this country, that we are registering foreigners as citizens for the purposes of voting,” the prominent civil rights activist told a bipartisan parliamentary select committee (PSC) on electoral reform.

“If that is the case and if there is evidence, then we must have a Royal Commission to examine this,” she proposed to the nine-man panel on Day Two of its public hearing.

A unit of the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office had allegedly posted on its official website last September 17 that its citizens who are working in Malaysia had been asked to vote for the ruling BN coalition in exchange for fast-tracked citizenship requests.

The allegation triggered a public uproar prompting an Opposition MP to moot the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the issue.

Both Putrajaya and Dhaka — the latter through its High Commission here — have denied the claims.

The controversial webpage has since disappeared from the Bangladesh NGO Affairs’ Bureau’s official website.

Today, PSC chairman Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili asked Ambiga to prove her claims.

But she said it was difficult to get evidence because those who were given citizenship will not come forward.

“Which is precisely why you need a Royal Commission hauling up all the people who are involved and asking them to explain.

“Let me tell you, what we should be doing is looking at all those who have been registered or naturalised in the last five years and that list should be disclosed in Parliament,” she replied.

The former Bar Council president also said that there are citizens with the identity card (IC) code 71, which means their country of origin is not known.

“We shouldn’t have a system like that. ‘71’ shouldn’t exist. It also fuels the suspicion that we have many foreigners who are being naturalised,” she said.

National Registration Department (NRD) Director-General Datin Jariah Mohd Said explained that prior to 2001, foreigners as well as Malaysians born outside the country were given the “71” code on their IC. But since then, Malaysians born abroad as well as foreigners have been allocated the code according to the country of birth.

Ambiga added that some IC-holders with the “71” code did not have their addresses recorded in the Election Commission’s (EC) database.

Rasah MP Anthony Loke pointed out that in 2010, 15,288 new citizenships were granted.

Ambiga seeks RCI into citizenship-for-votes claims
November 12, 2011 – MI

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All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
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