Will the royal commission of inquiry investigate Mahathir?

Will the royal commission of inquiry investigate Mahathir?

The current prime minister has led a parliamentary select committee in 2007 on illegal immigrants to Sabah. Can the Prime Minister Datuk seri Najib Tun Razak brief the nation on the findings before creating a RCI for the same purpose? On 11 August 2012, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the formation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry for illegal immigrants in Sabah and its 8 Terms of references.  The announcement is in response to the resignation of 3 members of parliament who said that they are resigning due to the inaction of federal government over this matter. Unless the RCI investigates the culprits responsible for treason and abuse of power, the whole effort is a political appeasement.


Former PM Tun Mahathir was directly involved and recently justified project IC. To defend the issuance of identity cards to Muslim illegal immigrants from Philippines  and Indonesia, the former prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohammad has said that “On the basis of the length of stay and mastering of the national language, they qualify to be citizens of this country, and so the acquired citizenship.” He further questioned that “why cannot the migrants of Sabah who have all these qualifications be accepted as citizens? The objections to them being accepted seem to be political,” he said. In his blog posting, Mahathir claimed that choosing not to naturalize migrants in Sabah was also racist, and that Malaysians should accept that their fellow citizens may come from different backgrounds.

Another name for this project is project Mahathir. Will the RCI investigate Mahathir and take those responsible to court? If not, this formation of RCI is another of Datuk Seri Najib’s initiatives that is intended to appease the political rumblings in Sabah. The demographic pattern changes below shows that the project was deliberately done to alter the ethnic composition in Sabah in favorable of the ruling government and certain political parties.

 In 1960, the state comprised:                       In 2006, the estimated ethnic composition is

32% Kadazandusuns,                                                 25% Non-citizens,      

23% Chinese,                                                           17.76% Kadazandusuns

15.8% Other Muslims,                                           14.62% Other Bumiputras

13.1% Bajaus,                                                          13.4% Bajaus

5.5% Indonesians                                                    11.48% Malays

4.9% Muruts,                                                           9.6% Chinese

1.6% Filipinos, and                                                  4.8% Others

0.4% Malays                                                        3.3% Muruts

This project IC was done under the blessing of UMNO so that the political party of their choice will rule Sabah. UMNO wanted to neutralize and split Kadazanduzun and Chinese votes in Sabah so that they become politically weak, a game UMNO is good at.

Project IC involved certain political parties as well as various government agencies including the election Commission of Malaysia, the National Registration Department and the Immigration Department, which comes under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. After 6 months of investigation, GE13 would be over and everything will be back to as before. Therefore the PM should disclose the findings of earlier PSC headed by him before initialing a new PCI with Terms of Reference that will investigate who are the culprits responsible for the fiasco.

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  1. […] investigate former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and others for treason and abuse of power.Senator S Ramakrishnan said it was an open secret that Mahathir, Umno and several government agencie… He said the “Project IC” was done with Umno’s blessing so that the political party of its […]

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