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This came out yesterday in the Daily Express ….http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/read/3121/does-sabah-matter-to-mahathir-/

Also see HERE

Published on: Sunday, August 11, 2019

I REFER to recent reports on the involvement of National Registration Department (NRD) personnel in the alleged issuance of documents to illegal immigrants all over Sabah.

Your report about a NRD staff being arrested in Semporna where several of the State Government’s leaders, including the Chief Minister, Deputy Home Minister under whom the NRD is answerable to and Tourism Minister, not to mention key Sabah police personnel come from, is shocking.

Surely these leaders would wish for these goings-on to be exposed. But what was strange was that the public would not have known what was going on if not for a concerned member who complained about being asked to pay RM3,500 for a birth certificate and RM6,000 for a Mykad, according to Sabah Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass.

Then we had a woman NRD Assistant Registrar being charged with making a fake identification card. Although she was charged with making a single document, only God knows how many may have obtained theirs through her treasonous action, if she is truly guilty and has claimed trial.

Recently, we had another woman dropping the name of the Semporna-hailed Deputy Home Minister in her scheme to allegedly defraud foreigners hoping to obtain identification documents through fraud.

That case was mysteriously struck off the Central Monitoring System of the courts until members of the public complained to your paper as to why nothing was heard about the case when it was supposed to have been brought up for mention.

Despite the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants (RCI), it is sad that Sabah – and only Sabah – seems to be the State with the worst record of foreigners becoming Malaysians through fraud. 

This does not add confidence in Sabahans that the Federal Government is doing its best since the same horrors keep happening even though we threw out the hated Umno-cum-Barisan Nasional at the urging of Tun Dr Mahathir when he was in the opposition. 

Why is he not seen to be doing anything to save Sabah that was already damaged by the Project IC which even the RCI acknowledged for all intents and purposes existed after the PBS pullout from the BN he led then in 1990. There were also complaints that the State was ignored on the appointment of the new UMS Vice Chancellor, the exit tax and introduction of Jawi writing in school.

We cannot entirely blame Dr Mahathir as being 94 and doing his best day and night to put things right. But the enforcement agencies, notably the NRD, is a shame. They seem to have done nothing to repair the damage caused by their staff in the past, many of who have even been arrested under the ISA for it.

When the Home Ministry recently announced a voluntary repatriation programme only peninsula was mentioned Sabah leaders had to beg to be included. Why when Sabah has the most illegals who can make the Sabah claim come true in the future if allowed to stay on. It is a good thing we Sabahans can still rely on the police to do a good job and probably they were motivated by a new role model IGP who has been bold and a new-look MACC who recently spoke of arrests in Sabah and Sarawak being imminent. We salute these good people in uniform, but not the NRD.

Your paper reported sometime back about scores of immigrants flocking to a private clinic in Telipok where a doctor who was also a Commissioner of Oaths was not dispensing medicine but actually attesting the Statutory Declarations of foreigners to submit to the NRD.

The management of the clinic concerned later disassociated with what he was doing and said that it sacked the doctor after investigating the matter and found it to be true. It is widely reported, thanks to social media, that PTIs (illegals) are flocking in droves to some places around the state capital to obtain a certain form and for attestation of the same.

It is believed that the said form was produced by these Commissoners of Oath to accordingly provide personal particulars of the person in question to ease inquiries from relevant parties such as when seeking medical care, etc. The irony is how an undocumented person or PTI be allowed to make a Statutory Declaration for lack of identification papers? Alternatively, it doesn’t make much sense for someone with proper identification papers e.g. with IC or Passport to need such a Statutory Declaration?

Even though this doctor was sacked, it is not the end of the matter. The body overseeing Commissioners of Oath in Sabah should revoke his status and of others who abuse the SD powers given to them. 

But sadly this body is keeping quiet about the whole thing even though some Sabah Law Society exco members are also holding positions in this NGO. Your paper should ask what are they doing about crooked Commissioners of Oath in their midst.

I am also wondering as to what happened to the many Statutory Declarations using that certain form and attested by the said doctor and other Commissioner of Oaths. And why only in Sabah, the use of SDs have been allowed for late registration of births, etc. I understand even Sarawak does not allow this.

Finally, we hope that this letter will come to the attention of our beloved Prime Minister since the national newspapers hardly carry anything about these serious issues concerning Sabah.

Concerned


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.