Shafie is hiding the truth behind Sabah’s “citizenship-for-votes” program

Mahathir himself told an RCI in 2013 that his (then) deputy in the federal government was “the puppet master” behind a “citizenship-for-votes” program, meaning, Project IC was a federal thing, not a state thing. Source (pic): mStar

TTF: In 2013, a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) investigating the issuing of citizenships to Sabah immigrants was told that a shadowy taskforce was behind the scheme.

The person who made the claim was none other than Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Mahathir’s onetime deputy in government.

When asked, Mahathir admitted that Project IC existed but quickly accused Anwar of being “the puppet master” behind a “citizenship-for-votes program.”

However, on the 4th of April 2015, he did an about turn by ‘justifying’ the program, telling reporters that it was government policy to recognise people who are loyal to the country by granting them citizenships.

That itself should tell you that Anwar was not the sole “puppet master” behind the program.

If he was, Mahathir would not have hesitated to use it against him when sacking him from government in 1998.

So obviously, Mahathir was just as involved as Anwar was in the “citizenship-for-votes program.”

And that brings me to my point.

According to Shafie Apdal (see news item below), Sabah has not and does not issue ICs to illegal immigrants as the authority to do so lies with the federal National Registration Department (NRD), not the state.

That could be true, as Mahathir himself told an RCI in 2013 that his former deputy was “the puppet master” behind a “citizenship-for-votes” program, meaning, Project IC was a federal thing, not a state thing.

However, there is no way the federal would have been able to dish out citizenships without coordinating efforts with the Sabah state immigration department and the immigration department of the Philippines.

That should tell you that Shafie isn’t telling us the whole story and could be hiding something very sinister from us.

Perhaps it has to do with Anwar’s more-than-cordial relationship with the leaders of some Sulu clans in the Philippines and Mahathir’s involvement in the whole affair.


PENAMPANG: The Sabah government does not have the authority to issue identity cards and passports to any individual, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

“The Sabah government has not and does not issue ICs to illegal immigrants. It does not have the authority to issue ICs to any individuals… Only the federal National Registration Department (NRD) has the authority to issue ICs (to those who qualified). The same with passports, only the Federal Immigration Department has the authority to issue the identification document to an individual.




“You can ask Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin if I have the authority or not? Ask him if I have issued (IC) or not?” he said.

Shafie who is also the president of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) said this in his President’s Policy Speech at the Warisan Annual General Assembly 2018/2019 here yesterday.

He made the comment after allegations were made by certain parties that the Sabah government under Warisan had issued identification documents to illegal immigrants (PATI).

Shafie also said it is not the number of members a party has that will ensure its success and relevancy.

He reminded the delegates that it is their values and desire to serve the rakyat that will make that happen.

“There is no point having lots of members if the fighthing spirit is not noble … if the desire to serve the people is not sincere,” he said.

Shafie pointed out that a party, even though it does not have many members, will still win an election if the people want it to. This is because it has won the hearts of the people through its service to the rakyat, he added.

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“Therefore Warisan must practice positivity and serve the people with sincerity and honesty,” he said.

Money is not the rakyat’s yardstick, neither are ministerial nor party posts, he stressed and reminded party members that a party post does not guarantee the person will be a candidate in the general election.

Shafie, who is also the Semporna Member of Parliament, said time is needed to implement changes promised.

“I know the rakyat’s expectations are high and it is not easy for a government that is barely one year old to make all their hopes come true but we will do the best we can,” he added.

Shafie also reminded party members to be united as disharmony will weaken the party and its struggles.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Jaujan Sambakong told reporters that Shafie’s policy speech was quite clear in addressing all issues connected to the party.

He said the accusations made by certain parties that Warisan had issued identification documents to PATI were not true.

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