Azmin memberi alasan, semua agensi dan institusi kerajaan yang didakwa memberi kewarganegaraan kepada warga asing untuk membolehkan mereka mengundi pada masa itu berada di bawah pentadbiran Mahathir.
"Kita sedang meneliti perkembangan dan keterangan saksi, beberapa kejutan telah berlaku, (beberapa) nama-nama disebut, (dan perkara ini) tidak mengejutkan kita.
"Memang kita fahami ini satu usaha terancang yang diketuai mantan PM dan bagi saya beliau pengkhianat negara kerana bagi kad pengenalan kepada warga asing untuk kekalkan kuasa politik Umno," dakwanya.
Beliau mendakwa demikian dalam satu sidang media di ibu pejabat PKR di Petaling Jaya hari ini.
Bekas ketua Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) Tamparuli, Yakup Damsah semalam memberi keterangan bahawa dia dan beberapa orang lain menginap di rumah Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin, yang merupakan setiausaha politik kepada Dr Mahathir pada masa itu untuk mengeluarkan kad pengenalan biru kepada pendatang asing.
Seorang lagi saksi, bekas pengarah Jabatan Pendaftaran Sabah, Ramli Kamaruddin mendakwa menerima arahan dari timbalan menteri dalam negeri ketika itu, Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub untuk mengeluarkan resit kad pengenalan sementara (resit JPN) dengan tarikh luput kepada warga asing, semata-mata untuk tujuan pilihan raya.-malaysiakini
Saksikan video pendatang asing boleh mengundi di Sabah di sini.
EC chief: No comment now on Sabah RCI proceedings...
The Election Commission (EC) will not comment on the proceedings of the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on immigrants in Sabah until it is concluded.
EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said he has been given legal advice that doing otherwise would be in contempt of the RCI proceedings.
"The EC will be called before the RCI sometime in February, so it is not proper for me to comment on the proceedings (while ongoing). It will be contempt of court.
"Let the RCI do its work until the end and (disclose) the findings. Then, I think, it is proper for the EC to respond," Abdul Aziz said today when contacted by telephone.
He also noted that close to 200 witnesses would be called to testify before the RCI.
Nevertheless, Abdul Aziz said, the EC was currently registering voters in accordance with due process, unlike what had allegedly taken place more than 20 years ago.
The inquiry, now into its fourth day, was told by senior Sabah National Registration Department (NRD) officers that they were instructed to facilitate immigrants to vote in the state elections in the 1990s.
The former officers, who were involved in the operation, testified yesterday that they provided immigrants with identity card receipts of existing voters or blue identity cards to unqualified immigrants so that they could be registered as voters.
The EC deputy chief Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, when contacted, also declined to comment on the revelations for fear it may upset the ongoing RCI proceedings.
"My stand is clear, the RCI is now being heard and I cannot make any comments on the revelations made, or any matter related to the ongoing hearing. It is improper for me to comment, as EC may be called," he said.
He also refused to divulge details on whether he would be called into RCI.-malaysiakini
Explain 'citizenship-for-votes', Ambiga tells EC...
Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan says the Election Commission (EC) must explain the allegations of a ‘citizenship-for-votes’ scheme as testified by witnesses in the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on immigrants in Sabah yesterday.
“Although it is an ongoing RCI proceeding and one has to wait until its conclusion for all the evidence to come in, it is incumbent on the EC to respond immediately either to the public or at the RCI because it is a direct challenge to their integrity,” she said when contacted today.
Describing the allegations as “spine-chilling”, Ambiga (right) said the allegations would undermine public confidence in the electoral system and impair the EC’s ability to conduct elections if left unanswered.
The former Bar Council president also urged the EC to clean up the electoral roll, and expressed concern that what happened in Sabah may have also occurred elsewhere in Malaysia.
Yesterday, several former National Registration Department (NRD) officers told the RCI in Kota Kinabalu that they were instructed to facilitate immigrants to vote during the 1990s and help install a BN-friendly state government.
These operations ranged from issuing identity card receipts of existing voters to immigrants to issuing blue identity cards to unqualified immigrants.
When contacted, EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said he has been given legal advice not to comment on the proceedings while it is ongoing, and the EC itself would be giving testimony to the RCI sometime in February.
However, he stressed that the EC is currently following due process in registering voters, unlike what had allegedly happened over 20 years ago.-malaysiakini
Ambiga mahu SPR jawab dakwaan saksi RCI Sabah