Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sabah MyKad issue: 'Umno-BN doesn't care'
"It's unlikely to upset the Barisan Nasional applecart in the general election because as far as Umno-BN is concerned, it is a non-issue... they don't care," said Sabah Progressive Party deputy president Eric Majimbun, alluding to Tuaran MP Wilfred Bumburing's recent announcement that he had submitted sufficient proof to Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein as requested by the latter.
Majimbun, who is also Sepanggar MP, said nothing would come of Bumburing's United Pasukun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation's (Upko) brave act of collating evidence against abuse by coalition boss, Umno, in the contentious issue of citizenship for foreigners.
"Upko should know that the government is not going to suddenly turn around and acknowledge that a massive fraud had happened under their watch and without them knowing...
"We have ample proof and evidence that thousands of illegal immigrants in Sabah have been determining the outcome of the state and general elections all these years.
"The government has been ignoring and denying the existence of the issue due to its own agenda, which is an open secret.
“Foreigners prefer to discard their foreign nationality and embrace Malay as their race in order to have Malaysian citizens through the back door,” said Majimbun.
He pointed out that in 2007, the National Registration Department (NRD) had repeatedly snubbed and refused to appear before a parliamentary committee to explain the issuance of MyKads in Sabah. Coincidentally at the time Bernard Dompok, who is Upko president, happened to be the chairman of the parliamentary committee.
Dompok subsequently quit committee due to the snub.
“The officers concerned told Dompok that they had been ordered by their superiors not to appear before the parliamentary committee.
"The refusal of the officer surely confirms that the federal government has its own agenda and thus will be ruling forever,” he said.
Majimbun said that in 2008 he had handed a photocopy of an identity card bearing his name that was used by a foreigner, to former prime minister (Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) and his deputy (Najib Tun Razak) who is the prime minister now, during a BN meeting in 2008, but it was set aside without discussion.
"I handed them a copy of my IC that was used by a foreigner to the former prime minister and his deputy... they set it aside.
"It was remarkable... it just showed that the federal leadership was uncomfortable with the truth and did not know how to deal with it," he said, adding that Upko and its leaders knew this but have remained in the coalition and continue to prop up the government.