Sunday, 12 August 2012

PM: RCI given 6 months to investigate influx of Sabah illegal immigrants

Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Papar, Sabah.
KOTA KINABALU -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in announcing the details and terms of reference on the setting up of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah here today, said it would be given six months to complete its investigation on the influx of illegal immigrants in Sabah.

He said the six months period would begin from the date the instrument of appointments were issued to the RCI chairman and panel members and that the report would be submitted to Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The commission will be chaired by former Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong while Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry secretary-general Datuk Saripuddin Kasim has been appointed as the secretary.

The RCI will have four commissioners namely former Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kamaruzaman Ampon, former Sabah Attorney-General Tan Sri Herman Luping, former Sabah State Secretary Datuk K.Y Mustafa and Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation deputy chairman, Datuk Henry Chin Poy Wu.

The federal government's proposal to set up the commission under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1950 had received the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, he told reporters after a meeting with state Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders at the Umno Building near here.

Also present was Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.The prime minister also announced the terms of reference for the commission, which was to investigate the number of immigrants in Sabah who were issued identity cards or citizenship.

He said the investigation would focus on whether the issuance of the blue identity cards or citizenship to the immigrants was made based on the law.

The commission will also investigate whether those who obtained the blue identity card or temporary identification receipt (blue) or citizenship illegally were registered in the Electoral Roll, he added.

Apart from that, Najib said the RCI would also investigate whether the relevant authorities had taken any action or made efforts to improve standard operating procedures, methods and regulations to avoid non-uniformity with the law in regard to the matter.

Further investigation was also needed in matters pertaining to the standard operating procedures, methods and regulations on the issuance of the blue identity cards or citizenship to immigrants in Sabah by taking into account international standard and norms used in Malaysia, he added. - Bernama

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