KOTA KINABALU, 15 March 2012: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) is doubtful that the Federal Government will set up the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah.
Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said there has been no sign that the Federal Government would set up the RCI despite being pressed by many quarters here including SAPP.
He said the ruling Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties like PBS, UPKO and LDP then followed suit and tried to champion the issue by making various statements confirming that the RCI is to be set up.
"However, PBS, UPKO and LDP got red faced when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak didn't make any announcement about the matter during his recent visit to Sabah," he said.
Chong said the Federal Government's silence on the issue is indication that there is no RCI at all.
He said that such action clearly showed that the Federal Government was not sincere to solve the perennial problems of illegal immigrants here.
"No RCI and no sincerity … the Federal Government is attempting to sweep the decade long problems under the carpet.
"Those problems include the Project IC where foreigners including illegal immigrants were given MyKad and registered as voters as well as becoming members of BN component parties like Umno," said Chong.
He said PKR's Dr Chong Eng Leong statement that some 200,000 names in Sabah electoral rolls are dubious does holds water.
He added that even PBS Vice President Datuk Radin Malleh had produced large numbers of old ICs whose identity were doubted in Parliament in 1995 but was not entertained.
Chong claimed that the Federal Government was worried that the RCI would reveal the truth and backfire on them.
He said the present State Government also did not make any stand whether to support the setting up of RCI or otherwise.
According to him, SAPP would continue to fight for the setting up of the RCI in order to solve the long withstanding illegal immigrant problems in Sabah.