KOTA KINABALU: The influx of immigrants to Sabah resulted in changes in the state’s political demography, says a witness in the Royal Commission of Inquiry.
Tamparuli assemblyman Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing said this view corresponded with the facts that he had gathered over the years.
“There were more non-Muslims before we had an influx of immigrants.
“We now have 18 non-Muslim-majority state seats, about eight Chinese seats and 34 majority Muslim bumiputra seats,” he said in his testimony at the RCI yesterday.
Wilfred also said the immigrants were made use of by the Government for political purposes.
“Voters were transferred here and there to add (numbers) to seats with insufficient voters, and this continued over several general elections,” he added.
Another witness, Siti Amirah Abdullah from the National Registration Department’s special mobile unit, said 44,426 Malaysian identity cards were changed into the new MyKad as of March 2013.
“The unit recorded 28,718 new identity card recipients.
“Some of them were older than 60,” she added.
Hadzlan Jablee of the Local Government and Housing Ministry said there were 25,016 squatter houses in Sabah, of which 8,284 were demolished by various agencies or departments of the respective districts.
He added that the state government or the ministry did not provide allocations to tackle the squatter issue in Sabah.