Omar Mohd Subair yang memberikan keterangan hari ini memberitahu beliau lahir di Sabah pada 1954 dan mengakui menerima IC merah dimana ia dikeluarkan kepada penduduk tetap pada tahun 1985.
"Pada 1991, selepas kamu memperoleh sijil lahir, kamu cuba tukar kepada IC biru, tetapi Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) memberikan kamu resit yang mengandungi nombor IC merah dan nombor 12 digit," kata pegawai pengendali Jamil Aripin pada sesi pendengaran RCI disini.
"Dengan resit itu, kamu mendaftar sebagai pengundi. Kamu mengundi pada 1994, 1999 dan 2004," tambah beliau, yang dipersetujui oleh Omar.
Walaubagaimanapun, Omar berkata namanya telah dibuang daripada senarai daftar pemilih pada Pilihan Raya 2008 dan juga dalam Pilihan Raya 2013 tidak lama lagi.
Jamil menegaskan Omar telah gagal IC merahnya kepada IC biru memandangkan JPN mendapati bahawa individu tersebut telah menggunakan pengakuan bersumpah palsu untuk menyokong permohonan IC merah beliau.
Omar berkata beliau buta huruf dan orang lain telah membantu dia dengan pengakuan bersumpah tersebut.
Omar, yang bekerja dalam perniagaan restoran, juga berkata telah mencuba lima kali untuk memohon IC biru, tetapi tidak berjaya.
Beberapa pendatang asing dari Pakistan dan India memberi keterangan bulan lepas memperoleh IC biru - sama ada daripada orang tengah ataupun JPN secara terus - dalam tempoh beberapa tahun selepas tiba di Sabah tanpa perlu memberikan sijil lahir.
Mereka juga memberitahu bahawa telah mendaftar sebagai pengundi sejurus selepas menerima IC biru dan mengundi dalam pilihan raya.
Pendatang Indonesia memberi keterangan bulan lepas bahawa Mahkamah Anak Negeri Tawau telah memberi mereka IC biru pada 1979, selepas tiba di Sabah untuk mengundi parti pemerintah disana.
Pilihan raya negeri Sabah 1994 menyaksikan Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) menang 25 daripada 48 kerusi dewan undangan negeri.
Akan tetapi tidak lama selepas itu beberapa ahli dewan undangan negeri PBS menyertai Barisan Nasional (BN) menyebabkan kerajaan PBS jatuh.
Perdana menteri paling lama Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang berkuasa dari 1981 ke 2003 telah dituduh menggepalai "Projek IC", di mana kerakyatan diberikan kepada pendatang sebagai ganti kepada undi.
Akan tetapi bekas Ketua Menteri Sabah Tan Sri Harris Salleh yang mentadbir negeri tersebut dari 1976 hingga 1985 telah menafikan kewujudan "Projek IC".
Dr Mahathir memberitahu pemberita bulan lepas, orang asing di Sabah ada menerima kerakyatan akan tetapi menegaskan ia dilakukan dalam konteks undang-undang.
Inkuiri dihadapan bekas ketua hakim Sabah dan Sarawak Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong bersambung petang ini.-malaysian insider
Permanent resident voted in three elections, RCI told...
A permanent resident was able to register himself as a voter and went on to vote in three elections, the royal commission of inquiry on immigrants in Sabah heard today.
Omar Mohd Subair, who took the stand at the public hearing in Kota Kinabalu, admitted that he was a voter after he was grilled by conducting officer Jamil Aripin who poked holes in his statement.
"After receiving your birth certificate, you applied to change to a blue identity card (citizen) in 1991 and the NRD (National Registration Department) issued you a temporary receipt containing 12 digit numbers.
"Without the knowledge of Election Commission, you passed off the 12 digit number in the receipt, which was a red identity card number, as a blue one and registered as a voter," said Jamil as a nervous Omar concurred.
Omar subsequently voted in the 1994 Sabah state elections as well as the 1999 and 2004 general elections.
Jamil explained that Omar had exploited a flaw as the 12-digit system was implemented in the same year - 1991.
He said the EC, which was in the process of updating to this new system, failed to cross reference the new 12-digit numbers with the old identity card numbers which the prefix 'H', indicating that they are red ICs.
"But in 2008, when I checked my voter status, my name was not there any more," Omar said.
This, Jamil said, was because the EC had rectified the problem after it discovered the error.
PR also dubiously obtained
Omar claimed he was born in Sabah after his father, who was from India, married a local woman. However, his father took him back to India without registering his birth with the NRD.
His father subsequently died in India and he returned to Sabah in 1974 when his mother passed away, he claimed.
However, Jamil raised doubt over this claim after pointing out that Omar had lied in testifying that he tried to register his birth as soon as he was back in Sabah in 1974.
"What you told our investigating officer was untrue. We checked with NRD, you only applied in 1991, we have your birth certificate here," said Jamil as Omar fell silent.
Furthermore, Jamil said investigations showed Omar had obtained his red identity card through a false statutory declaration by assuming the identity of another person.
This was later discovered by the NRD, resulting in Omar's five attempts to get a blue identity card being rejected due to the dubious red IC.
Omar, who is illiterate, had married four times and divorced thrice. He has seven children, all of whom have blue ICs.
Asked if he knew other foreigners had engaged in similar methods to gain Malaysian documentation, Omar replied: "I don't know".
"Really? It was different when I asked this question during our interview - you had a lot to say," said Jamil.
Jamil however did not ask Omar to explain why he was so eager to register as a voter when millions of genuine Malaysians did not bother to do so.
A total of 62 witnesses had testified at the RCI hearing since it began on Jan 14.
The current third session of hearing, which lasted only two days, ended today and will resume on March 5 for four days, with another session scheduled for March 18 to 21-malaysiakini
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