Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is sceptical with Sabah Umno's support to the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the issuance of MyKad to foreigners through dubious means.
Vice President Jaafar Haji Ismail said Sabah Umno was only making its stand due to pressure after all the other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties and opposition parties have made their stand on the issue.
Furthermore, he said Sabah Umno Information Chief, Datuk Sapawi Ahmad came out with a vague statement saying that it was up to the Federal to decide.
"There was no commitment or a clear indication that Sabah Umno really wants the RCI to be set up. If Umno is really concerned and as the backbone of Sabah BN it should have been the first to call for the RCI.
"Sabah Umno representatives should have raised the issue at the party's recent general assembly but none did so," he said in a statement here Sunday.
On the proposal by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Penampang chief, Darell Leiking for the State Assembly to convene and discuss to call for the setting up of the RCI, he said SAPP had tried to move a motion to this effect in the last sitting but was rejected by the Speaker saying it was under the Federal jurisdiction.
Jaafar (right) claimed the Federal Government was reluctant to establish the RCI because many Umno leaders and government agencies were involved in the 'Project IC' as published in books such as by MD Mutalib, which had never been challenged by anybody.
It is expected that the BN would include the RCI as among its election manifesto in order to quell the claims for the loss of rights and sovereignty of the state, he said.
The BN government can called for the RCI quickly like in Teo Beng Hock's case and the lawyer Lingam, both concerning individual but it cannot call for an RCI to investigate issues that involve the rights and sovereignty of the people of Sabah, he said.
"I think it is time that the people of Sabah evaluate the sincerity of the Sabah BN government in resolving this issue. If the Federal government did not establish the RCI before the 13th General Election then it is clear that something is being concealed by the BN government," he said.