RCI report on illegal immigrants in Sabah to be released on Wednesday

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  • Monday, 01 Dec 2014

KOTA KINABALU: A much-awaited report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Sabah's longstanding illegal immigrant problem will be made public on Wednesday. 

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa is scheduled to unveil the report to the media at the Tabung Haji complex here. 

This was disclosed in an Information Department notification on Monday. 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced during a visit to  Sabah last month that the RCI report would be made public in early December. 

Najib said a special panel headed by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan would study the recommendations in the RCI report. 

He said the Government had agreed to the setting up of the RCI due to the overwhelming consensus among Sabah Barisan Nasional components for the move. 

The five-man panel of the RCI, headed by retired judge Tan Sri Steve Shim, submitted the report to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Najib in January. 

The RCI, which was set up in 2012, was tasked to investigate the influx of illegal immigrants in Sabah. 

It covered eight terms of reference, including investigating the number of foreigners who were issued Malaysian identity cards. 

The other commissioners were former Sabah Attorney-General Tan Sri Herman J. Luping, Universiti Malaysia Sabah former vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kamaruzaman Ampon, former Sabah state secretary Datuk K.Y. Mustafa and Malaysian Crime Prevention Foun­dation deputy chairman Datuk Henry Chin Poy Wu. 

They heard testimonies from 211 witnesses.


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