Published: Thursday November 1, 2012 MYT 1:57:00 PM
Updated: Thursday November 1, 2012 MYT 4:00:41 PM
RCI on Sabah illegals to begin hearing witness evidence from Jan 14, 2013
KOTA KINABALU: The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Sabah's illegal immigrants will begin hearing evidence from witnesses from Jan 14 next year.
At least 48 witnesses have been identified through investigations to provide evidence during the hearing, RCI chairman Tan Sri Steve Shim said after chairing the first meeting of the five-member panel at the High Court complex here Thursday.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced on Aug 11 the setting up of the five-member commission.
Other members are former Universiti Malaysia Sabah vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Kamaruzaman Ampon, former Sabah Attorney-General Tan Sri Herman Luping, ex-Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Henry Chin, who is now Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation deputy chairman, and former State Secretary Datuk K.Y. Mustafa.
The commission had been asked to complete its probe in six months under eight terms of reference, including determining the number of immigrants in Sabah that were given MyKad or citizenship and if these were done legally.
It would also investigate if the issuance of MyKad or citizenship was according to the law and whether immigrants holding MyKad, temporary identification receipts or citizenship documents had illegally been registered into the electoral rolls.
The commission would also probe if the authorities had taken any action or made any improvement to standard operating procedures (SOP), measures and regulation to prevent any infringement of the law.
In its investigation of such SOP, measures and regulation, the commission is to take into account international standards and norms used in Malaysia and recommend any amendment or change to improve these.
It will also check the reasons for the increase in the state's population of Sabahans living here, including those given MyKads and citizenship through late birth registration, foreign workers and their families, illegal immigrants and refugees, and their impact on the electoral roll.