Sodomy III : How Mahathir screwed the Sabahans!

Posted on May 13, 2010

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First, go read what straits-mongrel has to say HERE.

Let me quote straits-mongrel.

“Project IC, or more pointedly Project M, refers to the “allegation of systematic granting of citizenship to immigrants (whether illegal or legal immigrants) by giving them identity documents known as IC (identity card), and subsequently, MyKad” (Wikipedia). It is alleged to be a covert exercise with its roots in the early 1990s to alter the demographics of Sabah to make it more favorable to the ruling government and certain political parties…If true, Project IC is not merely about the story of a power-crazed government pulling all the stops to retain its position. It is about the social repercussions which hurt the state and the very people who were invited inside our borders…And it is not a Sabah problem, hermetically speaking. It is a Malaysian one. With a MyKad in hand, any person can enter Semenanjung. No New Economic Model is going to be far-sighted enough to handle that situation. We’ll be seeing the effects of all this in less than a generation”

Oi, straits-mongrel, quit larking about and say it like it is.

Foreigners in Sabah were given citizenship by BN under the stewardship of Mahathir to create a bank of voters for UMNO.

Ex-ISA detainee Hassnar Ebrahim,

Photo from Mkini

in an interview reported in BERNAMA, exposed a Malaysian identification card (IC) scam known as Project IC in Sabah.

Malaysiakini reported that the powerful KadazanDusunMurut (KDM) Task Force in Sabah want “Hassnar  to be held accountable for his admitted role – which he “regrets” – in placing 15,000 illegal immigrants on the electoral rolls after 1985″.

Malaysiakini also reports that Hassnar has also publicly alleged several times that other operatives committed the same offence for 135,000 illegal immigrants between 1970 and 1985.

Two days ago, Malaysiakini reported that Dr. Chong Eng Leong, who has been fighting a lonely battle to ‘shame the federal government into admitting that MyKads have been issued to illegal immigrants in Sabah’, has given up.

“The federal government continues to hide behind blanket denials. My successful court battle in Likas in 1999 – and book, Lest we forget’, are a matter of public record.”, Dr. Chong is reported to have said.

Notes of proceedings in the Likas election petition case that went before the High Court in Kota Kinabalu

That court battle that Dr. Chong speaks of culminated in a decision by Justice Muhammad Kamil Awang, declaring the Likas election in 1999 null and void. For those of you who would care to read the judgment in full, the same, in PDF, is linked below.

Likas case

I would urge you to take time to read this judgment in full as it is a damning testimony of the absolute travesty that the Elections Commission has become.

If you do not have the stamina to plough through the entire judgment, at least read in entirety from pages 172 to 181.

One of the grounds raised in the petition in court, in disputing the Likas election results of 1999, was that the Election Rolls 1998 which were used in the state election in March 1999 for the Likas Constituency was illegal as it contained the names of non-citizens and persons who had been convicted for possession of fake identity cards.

Let me share with you some telling findings by the learned judge,excerpted from his judgment.

“It is public knowledge that the presence of a large number of illegal immigrants in Sabah has been for quite some years, and that there are numerous cases of illegal immigrants who have been registered in the electoral roll as voters using fake identity cards or identity cards illegally obtained. This is of grave concern to the Sabahans in particular, and in general to all Malaysian citizens” – paragraph d at page 173 of the judgment.

“The SPR has to face the truth. The 4,585 objections in List A were cases of persons having dubious identity cards or persons who had been convicted of having fake identity cards. The people who raised the objections were exercising their rights as citizens, and it is unthinkable that the SPR should shut-off the objections in List A without a public inquiry. It is a constitutional wrong for SPR to have rejected the objections outright. More importantly, it is wrong for SPR to allow non-citizens and disqualified persons to be on the electoral roll as voters. It appears that the certification of the electoral roll for the 1998 Likas Constituency by SPR ultra vires the Constitution and is in fact illegal” – paragraph g at page 175

“How easily many of the immigrants, Filipinos and Indonesians, had obtained citizenships in this maner, ie, through their applications for identity cards, was well illustrated by the testimony of Asainar b. Ibrahim @ Hassan, (PW11), a former District Chief for Bandar Sandakan from 1982-1985” – paragraph f at page 177

“The instances of non-citizens and phantom voters in the electoral roll as disclosed at this trial may well be the tip of the iceberg. “Phantom”, according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, 9th edn, means a form without substance or reality; a ghost; a specter, and in the context of a phantom voter, it means that the voter is a non-citizen who is in an electoral roll by virtue of a fake identity card or identity card obtained illegally. It cannot be denied that the registration of voters in the Likas electoral roll was in contravention of the law. No one, including the government department or institution, is above the law” – paragraph h at page 178

“It appears that the SPR had deliberately or knowingly sent those letters (exh. P21 and P22) that prohibit the holding of a public inquiry (except in cases of death or loss of eligibility). No one knows the reason or the rationale for doing so, this is best known only to the SPR. It is obvious that the SPR’s lack of action in holding a public inquiry in the face of the objections is unacceptable. Therefore the certification in December 1998 of the electoral roll for Likas Constituency was not bona fide. The failure of SPR to maintain an electoral roll in accordance with the law makes the electoral roll illegal. Such is the case in the 1998 electoral roll for Likas Constituency (N13). I would in the circumstances, uphold the petitioner’s petition that the 1998 electoral roll for Likas Constituency (N13) was illegal” – paragraphs c, d and e at page 179

Dr Chong also said that ‘former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in particular had a lot of explaining to do on the matter but chose to remain silent despite his name cropping up regularly in court cases, books and media reports’.

“…Dr Mahathir is very vocal on many issues but when it comes to the issuance of MyKads in Sabah, he’s petrified to the point of complete silence. Dr Mahathir is the key to this whole MyKad puzzle in Sabah involving illegal immigrants and the extraordinary population increase in the state.”

Dr. Chong’s suggested solution : kick BN out in the next elections so that a new state government can initiate a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the issuance of MyKads to illegal immigrants.

This low-life of a former Prime Minister almost lost the UMNO elections in 1986-1987 ( some say he in fact lost but, in true Mahathir fashion, cheated and pulled through with a margin 0f 43 votes ) and decided that his political survival, henceforth, was never to be left to chance.

So with the birth of UMNO Baru, the party constitution was set so that practically no one could garner enough nominations to ever challenge him again.

His presidency in UMNO secure, he now had to make sure that his Prime Ministership and UMNO’s reign could be secured by an unassailable bank of voters.

And Sabahans today must pay the price for this man’s insane quest to hold power!

I was told, when I was in Kota Kinabalu for the SABM forum in March, that many Sabahans fear that today they are outnumbered by Mykad-holding foreigners.

Yes, thanks to Mahathir, these Mykad-holding foreigners will now have a greater say in who runs the state and, through their representation in Parliament, the fate of our nation.

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