01 October 2011 : UPKO Deputy President, Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred M. Bumburing said that either Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong is utterly ignorant or deliberately lying to hoodwink the intelligence of the people of Sabah when he ‘confidently’ denied the existence of the so-called Project IC; or for that matter there are foreigners who have obtained Malaysian ICs through dubious means.
Bumburing said, “Either The Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong is utterly ignorant or deliberately lying to hoodwink the intelligence of the people of Sabah when he flatly denies the existence of Project ICs, or for that matter denying that there exist foreigners who have been given Malaysian ICs through dubious means.
“Ignorant because there are several books written on the issues with substantial proof provided by the individual writers, and was even included as evidence by an Election Judge in a court of law, and yet this Deputy Minister audaciously shows up here in Sabah and declare to the people of Sabah that no such things have ever happen here.
“Lying to hoodwink the people of Sabah and perhaps all Malaysian in general when he said that the Ministry have not been provided with information on the matter by those who made the allegations when requested.
“I would like to refresh this Deputy Minister’s memory by going back to the June 2010 Parliamentary session when the Home Minister himself challenged me to provide him with documented proof when I for the umpteenth time brought it up in parliament.
“Subsequently, at the end of the December 2010 Session, I handed over to the Ministry a 122-page memorandum calling for the nullification of all ICs belonging to foreigners whose background are questionable and the manner those ICs were issued were also questionable. With it were documented proof that there are ICs issued to foreigners which were questionable indeed.
“On 21st May 1996, the Director-General of The National Registration Department (NRD) issued a circular (Ref: JPN.KP (S):H/163/2/1(49) to all the NRD Director at States and Division level informing them that more than 16,000 ICs beginning with the letter “H” issued by the Department have been classified as ‘tidak diiktirafkan’ Meaning, this ICs were issued to people who were not qualified to have it.
I am asking, if this have happened before, what guarantee do we have that this didn’t happened again and what guarantee do we have from Datuk Lee Chee Cheong that he can come out clean on his statement?
“The Press reported yesterday that according to the 2010 Population report, more than 27% of the population of Sabah are foreigners, meaning we have almost 900,000 people among us who are foreigners. How many of these people who may have succeeded in getting Mykads for themselves? Out of every ten foreigners we bump into in the streets, how many among them would proudly confess to having MyKad in his or her possession?
“I therefore advised those political leaders to get their facts rights and study the real problem faced by the people here before coming over to Sabah and start saying something that would sound like a mockery to the intelligence of Sabahan. And no one, State or federal leaders should come up with that kind of statement until a full inquiry to determine whether those allegations are true or false are carried out and for that, only the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry can guarantee us the right kind of solution and information we needed which would eventually settled this perennial problem.”
for Lee to ask for proof was absurd since the memorandum from UPKO, books by Mutalib MD and Dr Chong Eng Leong were good enough.
“I have, several times, highlighted the same issue in Parliament and tabled the issue of IC of Jerom Majimbun in BN meetings to the former and present PM but they failed to take any action,”
“In fact, this kind of federal leaders are ignorant of the issues that affect Sabahans.
SAPP deputy president Datuk Eric Majimbun