KOTA KINABALU: The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Sabah’s illegal immigrant problem has completed its public hearing and a full report would be ready by the end of the year.
The five-member panel, chaired by former Sabah and Sarawak Chief Judge Tan Sri Steve Shim, heard 211 witnesses since the hearing started on Jan 14.
Among those who testified were former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“The hard work starts now as we all have to go through huge piles of exhibits tendered throughout the RCI proceedings to complete the investigation.
“It has been a smooth process and there were no problems, tantrums or throwing of chairs throughout the proceedings,” he said, marking the end of the proceedings yesterday.
“For this, I thank all involved, whether directly or indirectly, in the RCI.
“We hope to complete our findings by December,” he added, stating that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had consented to extending the panel’s term for another three months, beginning Sept 21.
RCI chief investigating officer Supt Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri wrapped up the proceedings with a brief account of the investigation process and also gave his personal experience.
Supt Mohd Azman, whose team, started with 10 members and then increased to 13, explained the method of their investigations that included searching for witnesses and finding evidence while referring to police reports relating to the illegal immigrants issue.
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