THE Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Immigrants in Sabah said the so-called “Project IC” to grant identity cards (ICs) to immigrants more likely than not existed, but attributed to Sabah’s National Registration Department (NRD) officers. This is most worrisome.
The immediate question that comes to mind is that are these syndicate more powerful than the state or Federal governments that they could get away with it without so much as a slap on the wrist by the relevant authorities?
Surely those who are not involved must have known the existence of such powerful syndicates? If they had known what were they doing to eradicate the problem?
In order for such a syndicate to operate without hindrance from the authorities, certain top officers from the various government departments apart from the NRD must be involved. Otherwise, it would have been impossible for the syndicate to operate in total immunity.
A myriad of other questions comes to my mind on how these syndicates can exist in total immunity.
Impossible for me to list them all but the few I have listed above are sufficient to represent all the Malaysians that are on the same page as me.
If the people behind the syndicates were so powerful and the Government had no way to fight them then, silly it may sound, might as well let them “rule” the country.
A government cannot allow an unlawful syndicate to undermine its rule. If this is allowed then the government itself is disfunctional.
But we all know our Government is one of the best in the world and this has been acknowledged by hundreds of other foreign governments.
This must be one of its black spots and do not allow this to tarnish its reputation. It may be difficult to catch members of the syndicate for they may have fled the country with their ill-gotten wealth. But, since it was mentioned in the report that government officers, especially from the NRD, were involved it is more likely that even if some or all of them either have left the government posts or retired, they are still around and it will not be difficult to catch them.
This is a huge case and it is of national interest. As such, there should not be any statute of limitation.
Even if they are now in wheelchairs, they must pay for their crime and justice must be seen to be done.
The rakyat must be vindicated and those responsible should not get away scot-free. Even a minor crime like a mother stealing a tin of milk to feed her hungry baby because she could not afford it results in months in jail, what about this?
The Government has always said that the country’s justice system is one of the best in the world and fair. So, go out and catch the culprits.
The country’s good name and reputation is at stake and any more delay is justice denied.
MOHD GHAZALI OSMAN