KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — The highly-anticipated report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Sabah’s illegal immigrants will be released to the public this Wednesday.
According to The Star Online, Chief Secretary to the government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa will release the report to the media at the Tabung Haji complex in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
The information was reportedly disclosed by the Information Department in a notice.
At a function in Sabah’s capital on November 15, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said after taking into consideration the seriousness of Sabah’s illegal immigrants issue, his Cabinet had agreed to making the RCI report public.
But, he said, the report will only be released early December, despite previous reports that the document would be tabled in the final parliamentary session of the year.
The final sitting ended last week.
During the session, opposition lawmakers tried to push for the RCI to be tabled for debates in the august House but their bid was rejected.
Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, when rejecting the emergency motion by a PAS lawmaker last Wednesday, pointed out that the government has explained its stance on the issue.
During the RCI’s proceedings, which started in January last year, testimonies from Filipinos and other immigrants revealed how they received their blue identification cards or the MyKad — which is proof of citizenship — in just a few years after arriving in Sabah and how they had also voted in elections.
The Commission headed by Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong, who is also former Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, was set up on September 21, 2012.
It had called 211 witnesses including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim before closing the case on September 20 last year.
The Commission had presented its report to the Yang-di-Pertuan Agong in May.