Pendatang asing dari India, Peer Mohamad Kadir hari ini berkata beliau menerima kad pengenalan hanya dalam tempoh dua tahun selepas tiba di negara ini semasa berusia 24 tahun, pada tahun 1984.
Peer, 53, memberitahu Inkuiri Diraja Suruhanjaya Siasatan Pendatang Tanpa Izin (RCI) Sabah selepas dua kali gagal memohon kad pengenalan, beliau memperolehi kad pengenalan pada 1986, dengan bantuan pak ciknya selepas membuat permohonan sama di Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) Kota Marudu.
Beliau yang juga merupakan anggota Pasukan Sukarelawan Malaysia (Rela) turut berkata pernah mengundi dalam lima pilihan raya termasuk beberapa pilihan raya kecil dan merupakan penerima Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) bernilai RM500.
"Saya diberi borang, tetapi saya tidak pandai isi ... semua pak cik saya tolong," kata Peer yang lahir di Chennai, India ketika disoal oleh pegawai RCI di Mahkamah Tinggi Kota Kinabalu di sini.
"Saya diarahkan membayar duti stem sebanyak RM20, surat akuan semua ada ... pak cik uruskan," katanya lagi, yang juga tidak mempunyai sijil lahir dan data ibu bapa yang tidak lengkap di pangkalan data JPN.
Ketika disoal oleh pegawai penyiasat RCI Jamil Aripin bahawa tempat lahir sebenar dan tempat lahir yang tertera dalam kad pengenalannya juga berbeza, bekas Pegawai Perhubungan Awam Dewan Perniagaan dan Perindustrian India Muslim Sabah (DPPIMS) itu berkata beliau tidak mengetahui perkara itu dan tidak sedar bahawa beliau memperolehi kad pengenalan melalui cara yang tidak sah.
"Adakah kamu bersetuju kad pengenalan kamu diperolehi dengan cara menyalahi undang-undang?" soal Jamil. "Saya tak dapat jawab," kata Peer, yang turut mengundi di Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Likas pada Pilihan Raya 2013 lalu.-malaysian insider
Pendatang haram dapat dokumen M'sia di Filipina
Bukan takdir, tapi penipuan menangkan BN...
Ahli Parlimen Kulai Teo Nie Ching berkata, persempadanan semula kawasan dan ketidakadilan membantu BN menang pada pilihan raya umum dan bukan "takdir" seperti dakwaan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
Teo (kanan) berkata, amat "memalukan" apabila Abdul Rahman yang juga ahli parlimen Kota Belud mendakwa bahawa takdir yang membantu BN menang pada 5 Mei lalu.
Dalam kenyataannya hari ini, Teo yang juga penolong setiausaha publisiti DAP itu sebaliknya mendakwa "penipuan dan kecacatan (pilihan raya)" yang membantu BN memenangi pilihan raya umum.
Dalam tulisan di Utusan Malaysia semalam, Abdul Rahman dilapor menulis, mungkin Anwar lupa secara statistiknya Pakatan Rakyat memenangi undi popular tetapi BN menerima sokongan takdir yang membantu gabungan itu memenangi pilihan raya umum ke-13 baru-baru ini.
"Pendek kata, takdir dan kuasa Tuhan menentukan segala-galanya," tulis Abdul Rahman.- malaysiakini
Indian migrant joined Rela, got BR1M and voted in GE13...
An Indian national who arrived in Sabah obtained Malaysian citizenship within two years. He then went on to join Rela and received the RM500 government aid for low income earners as well.
Peer Mohamad Kadir, who was born in Chennai in Tamilnadu, India, told the royal commission of inquiry on immigrants in Sabah today that he arrived in the state in 1984 with his uncle, using an Indian passport.
"In 1986, my uncle helped me apply for a blue identity card at the National Registration Department in Kota Marudu," Peer Mohamad said when questioned by conducting officer Jamil Aripin (left).
He said his uncle used a statutory declaration to apply for the blue identity card and the application was successful.
Prior to 1991, the NRD accepted statutory declarations as evidence that one is a local-born Sabahan and this has been open to abuse.
Jamil: You were a Rela member?
Peer Mohamad: Yes
Jamil: Are you still one?
Peer Mohamad: I have not been active in a long time.
Jamil: With your new IC you got BR1M, correct?
Peer Mohamad: Yes
Jamil: Do you think you qualify for BR1M?
Peer Mohamad responds with a nod to mean ‘yes'.
'I voted in GE13'
Peer Mohamad claimed that even though he lost the blue identity card in 1992, he was given a temporary National Registration Department (NRD) receipt which he even used to vote, before eventually getting a proper replacement card.
The receipt is issued prior to the issuance of a blue identity card or is given as a temporary document for a lost blue identity card and carries the same status of citizen.
Peer Mohamad claimed he had also voted in last month's national polls in the state constituency of Likas.
When questioned by RCI officer Jamil Aripin that his (Peer's) original birth venue and that printed on his I.C. differs, the former public relations officer with the Sabah Indian Muslim Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DPPIMS) said he was unaware of the matter and did not realise that he had obtained his I.C. illegitimately.
When grilled by Jamil if he conceded that his identity card was illegally obtained, Peer remained silent and later replied, "I cannot answer that question".
Peer Mohamad, who is also a member of the Sabah Indian Muslim Chamber of Commerce, denied that his organisation had recruited Indian nationals and helped them obtain Malaysian citizenship.-malaysiakini
Illegal immigrants obtained M'sian papers in Philippines...
The royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on immigrants in Sabah today heard that illegal immigrants had been able to obtain Malaysian documentation even while they were in the Philippines.
Macarius Sabinus - a field officer tasked with registering illegal immigrants in Sabah and issuing temporary receipts (kad burung-burung) to them - discovered they had obtained the document in Bongoa, Tawi-Tawi, even before he had registered them.
"When they came for registration, they already had the kad burung-burung in their hand, saying that they got them from somebody in Bongoa.
"But the receipt's had a different serial number and the Chief Minister's Department's (JKM) stamp is different from ours," said Macarius, who is a researcher with think-tank Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) or IDS, under the state JKM.
IDS - formerly known as Institute for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA) - had been tasked with a large scale registration of illegal immigrants in Sabah from 1986 to 1988.
The project aimed to identify and find out the total number of illegal immigrants in Sabah, said Macarius.
The kad burung-burung acted as a receipt to acknowledge that the illegal immigrants had been registered, but is not considered as an identification document.
'Illegal immigrants had blue ICs'
During that time, Macarius said, some of the illegal immigrants who came forward to register already had blue identity cards or National Registration Department (NRD) receipts, a document issued prior to a blue identity card and carries the same status of that of a citizen.
"We were instructed to register them as long as they did not have valid blue identity cards.
"We still registered them (as illegal immigrants) because they claimed that they got the (identity) card from somewhere else and not from the NRD," he added.
Macarius - who is part of 12 teams consisting of 12-13 personnel each, in conducting the survey - stressed that they had alerted the special branch and the JKM about the matter, but that they did not go beyond their authority of registering the illegal immigrants.
In one instance, Macarius said one of the person who wanted to register bore a blue identity card even though he did not appear to be a citizen.
"He did not sound like a Malaysian, he could only speak Suluk and (fortunately,) I can also converse in Suluk," he said.
Conducting officer Manoj Kurup - who questioned Macarius - noted that syndicates tend to forge on any forms of documentation issued by the government for immigrants, for profit.
Macarius is the 109th witnesses to testify at the RCI which first began its first hearing in January and is being presided by former Chief Judge of Borneo Steve Shim.-malaysiakini
'Not fate but fraud and flaws, helped BN win GE'...
DAP Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching says gerrymandering and unfair practices helped BN win the GE not ‘fate' as claimed by Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
It is "shameful" for Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan to claim that takdir (fate) had helped BN win in the 13th general election, DAP's Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching said today.
In a statement, Teo, who is also the party's national assistant publicity secretary, said that it was "fraud and flaws" that had helped BN win the election and not fate as noted by Rahman Dahlan.
In a commentary piece published in Utusan Malaysia's weekend edition yesterday, Rahman Dahlan (right) argued that "fate and God's will determines everything" when it comes to the election results.
"It was not fate nor God's will that determined the victory of BN, but gerrymandering and unfair practices that helped BN remain in power," Teo said.
"It is like saying a rapist can marry his victim citing that fate favours their union," she said of Rahman Dahlan's statement.
"Out of 130 smallest parliamentary seats in the country, BN had won 112 of them. Their parliamentary majority was largely attributed to the constituencies with small number of voters, not because God favoured them," she further added.
She said that Rahman Dahlan's statement shows that BN and its leader have "no intention" to rectify electoral weaknesses and flaws or address the fraud issues highlighted by Pakatan.
"Phantom voters, malapportionment and postal vote fraud were not determined by God, but are man made," she added.-malaysiakini