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One thing I want to say about the political outcome is that although it is a backdoor government, it may be bad for the Peninsular Malaysia but very good for Sabah.

At last the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah will be tackled effectively because it was during Dr Mahathir’s time that the illegals problem worsened as Mykads were issued to hundreds of thousands of illegals to bring down the Christian-led PBS government.

Suddenly Sabah had the largest UMNO members after Johor. When this too failed to bring down the PBS Sabah state government because PBS managed to obtain a simple majority of 25 seats in the then 48 seats Sabah State Assembly in the 1994 elections, and PBS president Joseph Pairin Kitingan sworn in as chief minister of Sabah, however, as a result of defections of PBS assemblymen to the Barisan National, Pairin was forced to resign on 17 March 1994. PBS was left with 5 seats. PBS after 1994 was split into PBRS, AKAR, SAPP and PDS.

So it was UMNO bought over PBS Assemblymen to form Malaysia’s FIRST backdoor government in 1994.

Before that Dr Mahathir removed the Anti-hopping Law because it forbade the elected representatives jumping over to the other side for monetary gains and millions were said to have changed hands. Dr Mahathir defended the removal of Anti-hopping Law saying it was against the freedom of association right of the assemblyman, regardless of the rakyat who voted for the assemblyman.

So when this was happening to Sabah nobody in Peninsular said anything. Why be angry now that a backdoor government was formed at the federal level? And why is Dr Mahathir so afraid that the states including his Kedah will fall due to defections to Muafakat Nasional/Perikatan Nasional?

Dr Mahathir the doctor is getting a taste of his own medicine.


Besides the economy, Sabah and democracy are themselves undergoing a stress-test.

It is commonly understood that the most acceptable marker of economic growth of a state is its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Economists, who rarely agree with each other, acquiesce with this economic measure; that is a considerable achievement by itself.

However, since CM Shafie Apdal took charge of Sabah on May 12, 2018, after the defections of Upko assemblymen who after winning their five seats on the BN symbol, flags and manifesto led to the loss of Musa’s majority. Ever since then, Sabah’s GDP has become a subject of controversial discussions, especially since it accompanied several grotesque claims of government achievements that appeared questionable.

While the Opposition decried the GDP chest-thumping roar as akin to cockamamie, the Shafie Government gloated on its spectacular accomplishment, its spokespersons hyperventilating on TV screens and social media.

Something is clearly amiss. Many think Sabah’s data under Shafie is not just cooked but barbecued.

I try to unravel this intriguing conundrum, in brief, by addressing questions that crop up with predictable regularity.

What was the GDP inherited by the present Shafie’s Government from the former Musa’s Government?

It was 8 per cent – healthy, strong and recovering robustly.

But, Shafie and his Warisan coalition through their massive propaganda machine spread the canard of apocalyptic doom that “Sabah was on the verge of a collapse”, as fearmongering and manufacturing anxiety suits. In May last year, Chief Minister Shafie Apdal claimed that Sabah was in financial difficulty and the previous Musa administration did not leave RM4 billion reserve as claimed. Shafie, who is also Sabah’s finance minister, insisted that the state’s reserves were in the negative.

Since then, however, the auditor-general’s report for 2017 has indicated otherwise, leading the state’s Opposition to dispute Shafie’s claim.

After confusion and controversy over Sabah’s financial health, state treasurer Rusdin Riman said that the state grew its reserves by over RM4 billion last year-2017.

What about the claim by Shafie that his government is responsible for the miraculous turnaround to make Sabah the fastest growing economy?

It is an absurd proposition that even a kindergarten child will debunk. How can a economy make such a dramatic turnaround within 15 months, one which was being disingenuously trashed by Shafie as a failure just a few months earlier?

The truth is that Sabah moved into the global financial arena taking giant footsteps under the 15-year period of then CM Musa Aman.

Many have called it the golden period of Sabah’s economy, as for the first time ever, we witnessed a 10-year average GDP growth rate of 7.7 per cent and lifted a million people above the poverty line, reflecting the successful model of inclusive growth.

In successive years, between 2003 to 2018 April, Musa’s government reached growth rates of 8 per cent, hitherto deemed unreachable, almost reaching double digit growth levels.

In short, Sabah was much better under Musa than under Shafie now. How do you compare the Musa’s GDP performance over that of Shafie?

There is no comparison whatsoever; GDP went up by over 300 per cent during the 15 years of Musa government. The Musa government performed extraordinarily better compared to the anaemic, almost lackadaisical numbers of Warisan-Upko-PH government.

In fact, Shafie’s government had a great opportunity to build on a strong inheritance from the previous Musa’s government, but wasted a burgeoning growth momentum.

One must remember that the Musa’s government succeeded despite facing Malaysia’s worst economic crisis, recession of 2007-08, low oil prices, drop in timber royalty due to export ban and running a difficult coalition government, and facing repeated sabotage by Shafie at the Federal level and a very difficult Vice President of Umno to deal with.

Why is the ground reality so different from the headlines and the hype?

Under Shafie, what you see is not what you get; there is selective cherry-picking, exaggerated claims, new methodologies adopted to make a sheep look like a lion, and in many cases, data that inspires grave apprehensions about their authenticity. Shafie indulges in a lot of puffery.

Thus, we have this atrocious contradiction where Shafie claims that Sabah is a growing economy, but the farmers are crying under severe rural distress, joblessness, private investments, exports, aggregate private expenditure are all looking dismal.

It hardly needs further assertion that the rural economy, in particular, has crippled small businesses. Lucky for Shafie, there is tourism, thanks to previous Musa’s government for laying the groundwork and logistics.

The damage is still being undone.

Is GDP the only macro-indicator of the health of the economy?

No, it is not, it is just the easiest one. The true health of Sabah is determined through a more detailed biopsy of economic and social indicators, mostly job creation, per capita income, export performance, gross fixed capital formation, reduction in poverty levels, per capita expenditure allocations to health and education.

On all these factors, Shafie has slipped by having both feet on a banana peel. We must not forget that the relevant index for Sabah is Human Development Index. The fact that we have seen an alarming dip in Poverty Index, or the Gender Disparity Index should tell us that this government has merely indulged in headline-hunting, rhetorical speeches, statistical manipulation and massive publicity blitzkrieg.

Besides the economy, Sabah and democracy are themselves undergoing a stress-test due the presence of huge number of illegals immigrants with fake IDs.

About time. Governance in a democracy is like a fishbowl, everyone must know the truth. But under Shafie opacity rules, or as Salman Rushdie would say, there is a lot of chutnification going on. But truth does ultimately win.


Makes me wonder, why not even one Party Warisan leader has spoken against those traitors in the National Registration Department (NRD). Warisan leaders seem to go very quiet when it comes to issues of illegals getting citizenship via dubious means.

Even Deputy Home Affairs Minister Mohd Azis Jamman who is Ketua Wira Parti Warisan Sabah has not uttered a word after the arrest and the charging of the NRD Assistant Registrar. NRD comes under his boss Muhyideen Yassin and he is the deputy.

Meanwhile even Shafie Apdal kept his silence. Forget condemning the act, Shafie did not even speak about it.

Warisan is drowning in contradictions, they don’t know how to respond to Sabahans.

Even Federal government ministries including the Home Ministry have not spoken about this issue and the PM himself hasn’t. Dr Mahathir might or might not have indirectly hinted at some of these matters, but he has not directly addressed these issues during his speeches. Maybe it’s time we get some answers from the PM.

NRD have to sacrifice one or two of their own for the thousands and thousands of illegals given citizenship. This Project IC never stops.

Shafie’s Warisan Sabah Government need to ask the Federal Government the following:

1) What happens to those applications that goes thru the traitors hands?

2) Are they going to revoke it or not?

3) Will there be an audit?

 

 

NRD Asst Registrar charged
Published on: Friday, August 02, 2019
By: Cynthia D Baga

KOTA KINABALU: A 53-year-old Assistant Registrar of the National Registration Department (NRD) has been charged with making a fake identification card – the latest in a series of cases involving allegedly corrupt NRD staff over the years.

However, Safiah Alijang (pic) pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat to the charge against her on Thursday.

She is accused of making the fake document bearing serial number 991207-12-5135 under the name Muhamad Daniel Hafiez Bin Arif @ Jali at 3.05pm on May 22, 2013 at the NRD Pitas Branch.

The offence under Section 463/465 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to two years, or a fine, or both, on conviction.

The court fixed Sept. 6 this year for case management and released Safiah on a bail of RM6,000 with RM4,000 deposited in a local surety who would be her husband. Safiah was also ordered to report to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s office once in two months as well as her passport, if any, to be kept by the court until the disposal of her case.

Earlier, Prosecuting Officer Mohd Faliq Basiruddin from MACC proposed bail RM10,000 in a local surety with several additional conditions. Safiah, who was not represented asked for a lower sum of bail as she could not afford the amount. She also told the court that she is currently working at the department but had transferred to Kudat.

On Monday, three men, including an NRD officer in Semporna were arrested in connection with illegal immigrants obtaining birth certificates and MyKads through false information. The detention led to the discovery of several application forms, documents, and chop from the NRD, health clinic, Tawau/Semporna Hospitals, Native Court, village chiefs and the Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Department, which were later found to be fake. Previous cases of NRD staff being involved in similar offences have included even the Directors who were detained under the then Internal Security Act.


Three months before May 9th GE14 our Darell Leiking’s political mantra in all his ceramahs was on foreigners holding dubious citizenship in Sabah and the presence of Project IC in Sabah. But after 15 months later and in government now, Darell Leiking is not known to have openly called for the deportation of illegals. Darell’s silence on the ongoing PTI issue in Sabah is a disturbing development. What happened Darell?

See, 3 months before elections to win support they can keep harping on illegals. But now keeping quiet.

Why now keeping quiet? Because it will affect Warisan?

And see even a Semporna NRD officer is involved, he was arrested in connection with PTIs obtaining birth certifictes and MyKads through false information. He had in his house several application forms, documents and chop from NRD, health clinic, Semporna Hospital, Native Court, village chiefs and Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Department.

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Even Senator Adrian Lasimbang posted this in his FaceBook asking if JPN database compromised.

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See, another false promise to Sabahans…. Warisan “will get back Felda Land”.

Speaking out is never easy. There is often a political, even a personal, price to pay. But that is the cost of leadership. Darell should show that he can fulfill the full scope of his responsibilities as Warisan Deputy President and MP for Penampang. His excessively quiet diplomacy is selling short his position and the promises he made before GE14.


The possibility of another round of Project IC – granting citizenship, and thus identity cards (ICs), to immigrants — is generating concern in Sabah.

The last four decades saw Sabah’s population increase unnaturally, from 636,431 in 1970, to 929,299 in 1980, and to an extraordinary 3,120,040 in 2011 – an overall increase of more than 390 per cent. 27 per cent of Sabah’s population today are foreigners.

The animosity and anxiety that such a population boom creates have political, economic and social ramifications and it’s the kind of recipe that leads to disaster. After Warisan came to power in Sabah, the anger among Sabah locals over illegal immigration and fraudulent citizenships has boiled over with louder calls for Sabah’s rights to be respected and even calls for secession.

Discontent is still running high in Sabah, despite promises of redress by the new Shafie’s Warisan government.

Shafie Apdal said, Sabah will make sure another exercise does not open the door for another contentious “Project IC” to happen, but is it true? Looking at the pictures below, says something else.

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LATEST 23rd May 2019

Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) replies:

KOTA KINABALU: The National Registration Department (NRD) has denied involvement in the application of identity card (IC) registration issue for illegal immigrants in Sabah which has been circulating in social media recently. NRD, in a statement Thursday, said several photos of the forms, related to identity card registration, being disseminated were not official documents issued and used by the NRD for registration purposes. Regarding this, the statement said a police report would be lodged and the NRD would also work with other relevant agencies to conduct further investigations. “The NRD has called on the public not to believe and propagate false information to avoid any confusion and disturbance of public order,” the statement said.

The NRD also asserted it never appoints any agent or individual to represent the department in managing its affairs. “All the official documents of the department are only issued at the NRD offices and are not distributed to the public randomly,” it said.

To obtain further information, the public is advised to go to any NRD office or to visit its official website at http://www.jpn.gov.my or contact the corporate communications unit at 03-8880 7077/7067/7069/8206 or email to pro@jpn.gov.my.

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Mobile registration for birth certificates and MyKads at Semporna and islands.


A total of 372 undocumented migrants from the Philippines were repatriated to Zamboanga by ferry from Sandakan yesterday.

Sabah National Security Council director Rodzi Md Saad said the repatriated individuals were all males, aged between six and 62 years old and they were previously detained at Kota Kinabalu temporary detention centre, he said in a statement today. Since Nov 15, a total 3,765 Filipinos were deported by ferry, he said.

From Jan 1, this year until today, a total of 22,213 Filipinos, Indonesians and other nationalities were deported to their respective countries.

He also said since 1990 until today, as many as 552,154 undocumented migrants have been repatriated and returned voluntarily to their countries from Sabah.

According to Rodzi the repatriation efforts of the illegals are in line with the government’s commitment to continue to root out illegal immigrants from Sabah.

– Bernama


Several unique characteristics go along with the name of Musa Aman. In him, Sabah has had a three-dimensional leader: a statesman par excellence, an astute businessman banker and a thinker with the courage of conviction.

Musa was a successful businessman/banker long before he entered politics but all his life he had strived to make everything he touched more value oriented. He had an inimitable style of winning hearts. He has several friends with views diametrically opposite his, but that has never come between him and them when it comes to frank sharing of ideas and feelings. Rarely does one find a leader with such a fine blend of toughness and tenderness.

Musa has contributed to Sabah polity in multiple ways. He remains the epitome of alternate political thought and functionality. He personifies patriotism. If attributes such as informality in interpersonal relationships, spirit of accommodation, respect for the opposite viewpoint, a complete non-compromising approach towards politics of hate and injustice, etc. are still to be found in present day politics, Musa – among others – deserves credit. His most important contribution is strengthening Sabah democracy. When power politics sounded extremely monopolistic and people wondered if the element of choice had completely vanished from Sabah polity, he didn’t need words to send the message “Boleh Bah Kalau Sabah” to the people with all the strength at his command.

He remains the first genuine leader, the first truly Sabah chief minister who managed to convince Putrajaya to have a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants and address Sabah’s Mother of All Problems – “Illegal Immigrants”. He also remains one of the first politician from East Malaysia who is working quietly with the Prime Minister to get an equity in Petronas for Sabah state apart from the oil and gas royalty of five per cent. And for his effort so far Sabah has gotten a 10 per cent stake in Petronas LNG Train 9 Sdn Bhd in Bintulu, Sarawak, which would generate additional revenue to the state and its people. Speaking at the investiture ceremony in conjunction with the 61st birthday of Head of State Tun Juhar recently, Musa Aman said ” Our commitments does not end here. Instead we will continue to double our efforts by working together with the Federal Government to mobilise various programmes to further raise the social status of the people and life quality.”

When Musa took over as chief minister, Sabah was literally on the threshold of the 21st century. And it was a new, young and assertive Sabah with surging aspirations, contrary to the old status quo-ist elements who were in denial. Musa recognised these burgeoning aspirations, and successfully struck a balance without compromising on Sabah’s fundamental values. His regime witnessed the stabilisation of the new economy, and he created an appetite for development-oriented governance.

In ensuring the success and excellence of the public delivery system, Musa pledged to provide good governance. He said, “Our first commitment to the people is to give a stable, honest, transparent and efficient government capable of accomplishing all-round development. For this, the government shall introduce time-bound program of needed administrative reforms, including those for the civil services”. Musa not only strengthened old bridges, he also tried to create new ones to overcome the distances between different social groups, districts and economic strata. His Midas touch impacted every sector of governance. His programmes and policies demonstrated his commitment to a strong and self-reliant Sabah, prepared to meet the challenges of the coming decade.

To make Sabah an economic power in the 21st century, he transformed the economic policy framework. Sectors like public sector enterprises, agricultural produce marketing, small-scale industries, urban land ceilings, highways, rural roads, elementary education, ports, electricity, communal land titles, oil and gas were all subject to far-reaching reforms and raised Sabah’s power graph in Malaysia. Sabah continue to be sought after by foreign investors, especially in the manufacturing sector. Last year Sabah received RM2.4 billion from local investors and RM1 billion was injected by foreign investors. Since the launch of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) in 2008 until August 2014, RM135 billion worth of cumulative investments have been planned and committed, out of which, RM45 billion have been realised.

The State Government has even implemented various programmes for the development of the people such as the Prosperous Mini Estates (Mesej), 1Azam, Local Economy Enhancement, Agropolitan Project and Housing Aid Programme as well as the Prosperous Village Programme. These programs aim to transform selected villages holistically by involving three main aspects, namely the development of human capital, economic progress and improvement in the quality of life.

On the forest front, Musa’s commitment to increase the Sabah’s total protected area must be appreciated as his role for making things happen, without whose support, the translation of policies into actions would not have come about. Today Sabah’s Total Protected Areas (TPAs) of 1,553,262 hectares or about 21 per cent of the State’s total land area is arguably the largest in Malaysia. This percentage has exceeded the original IUCN (International Union of The Convention of Nature) target of 10 per cent and even CBD’s (Convention on Biological Diversity) 17 per cent of various types of ecosystems. What is more important is that, TPAs of Sabah cover a wide range of ecosystems including : pristine lowland forests, pristine highland forests, montane forests, freshwater wet lands, mangrove swamps, peat lands, regenerating lowland Dipterocarp forests and Heath (Kerangas) forests, amongst others. Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon, have additional buffers for reinforced protection and dedicated wildlife corridors to address connectivity and fragmentation. All these possible because of Musa Aman.

Musa has launched to date many ambitious projects: highways to connect to Sarawak, Kalimantan and Brunei along with other towns like Tenom to Sipitang, and to every kampong by road. These projects also revolutionised the real estate sector, commerce and the rural economy. The improved road connectivity further integrated the state through a network of world-class highways, which puts Sabah on the fast lane to socio-economic development. This is indeed, the highway to prosperity!

Musa as the Sabah Security Chief encompassing governance doctrine is also seen in his strategic vision in regards to Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), a security area that stretches 1,733.7km along the east coast of Sabah, from Kudat to Tawau. Esscom was established on April 1, 2013, following the Sulu intrusion in Tanduo, Lahad Datu. With the setting up of Esscom and its restructuring last July 17, cases of cross border crimes in the Esszone have become less rampant. Efficient and effective mechanisms have been introduced such as curfew, and integrated operations which are ongoing. The establishment of the Esscom, re-evaluation of Sabah’s decades old illegal immigrants problem, economic diplomacy, and engagement with the Manila has re-written Sabah’s strategic governance system.

Under Musa Aman, Sabah has become a powerhouse of growth and had emerged as an important contributor to Malaysia’s development journey. Under his able leadership Sabah became known for its quality infrastructure and excellent financial management. Musa Aman’s governance in Sabah saw a government that listened to the people and one that built its success through equal economic growth in all sectors. Through innovation and emphasis on detail he brought in record investment that benefited people of Sabah and drew people from all over Malaysia to work in Sabah and make a living.



The Sabah State Cabinet wants the relevant authorities to take drastic action to resolve once and for all the issue of illegal immigrants in the state, after the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) blamed “corrupt officials” and illegal syndicates for the state’s burgeoning foreigner population.

Chief Minister Musa Aman said the State Cabinet, with consensus, welcomed the release of the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah and supported the recommendations made to resolve the issue.

“THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNDER PRIME MINISTER DATO SRI NAJIB TUN RAZAK HAS FULFILLED ITS PROMISE ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RCI AND TO RELEASE ITS FINDINGS,” he said after being briefed on the RCI findings and recommendations at the weekly State Cabinet meeting today.

He said these findings have been released by an independent panel that has heard and scrutinised the testimonies of multiple witnesses.

Musa said based on these findings, it was discovered that there were wrongdoings committed by individuals for monetary gain.

“These grievous acts were committed by irresponsible individuals who were greedy and they have been brought before the law for their crimes,” he said.

In moving forward post-RCI, he said it was important for concrete measures to be taken to ensure that these acts do not recur and any efforts by any syndicates that could undermine the sovereignty of this nation must be dismantled and face the long arm of the law.

He said the State Cabinet therefore welcomed the recommendations to set up a PERMANENT COMMITTEE on Foreigners to be co chaired by Home Affairs Minister, Datuk Zahid Hamidi and himself as well as a Working Committee on Foreigners to be chaired by Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

“We also call on relevant Departments and agencies to overcome any weaknesses and tighten any loopholes within their respective structures to maintain the integrity of their respective governmental functions and the ultimate objective, which is serving the people,” he said.

In the meantime, he said the State Government would continue to work hand in hand with the Federal Government to overcome issues dealing with illegal immigrants in the state.

He said the relevant authorities such as Police, National Registration department and the Immigration Department are working closely through statewide operations such as Ops Bersepadu to flush out illegal immigrants in the state.

“It is also my hope that our counterparts in our neighboring countries will assist us in this effort by facilitating the return of their citizens to their respective countries,” he said.


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We feel that you are all now part of this production and together, I have faith that we can make this happen. The journey may be ending but the glorious light at the end of the tunnel is just within reach! We need just that little push left to close the gap between almost making our goal and successfully meeting it. And honestly people, I think we can do it!

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Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has denied any involvement in Project IC as alleged by former senator and state assemblyman Dr Chong Eng Leong during the Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah last week. In fact, Musa was the man responsible for convincing Premier Najib Tun Razak to have the RCI on illegal immigrants in Sabah even though many in UMNO, including Shafie Apdal, were dead against the formation of the RCI.

Anyway, Former Sabah state Attorney-General Datuk Anthony Roderick Fernandez appeared on behalf of Musa at the High Court in Kota Kinabalu today and made a request to the five-men panel for Dr Chong’s official note of proceeding last week.

“My client will decide on his next course of action once he has read the report,” Anthony told the panel, saying Musa might also elect to appear before the RCI panel and give his testimony.

Dr Chong had alleged Musa had led a Sabah Umno task force to find foreigners to register them as party members and to ensure that they voted for Barisan Nasional. He claimed to have received the information from Jabar Khan, who was the secretary of the task force which was formed in 1991.

But, come to Kota Kinabalu, ask anyone in the know, who is Jabar Khan @ Yassir Arafat, we can hear loads about this fellow. Jabar Khan is one unreliable fellow and his credibility stinks.

READ HERE