It will be an invaluable opportunity to uncover the black operations behind elections in Malaysia, says Suaram's Kua Kia Soong.
PETALING JAYA: Suaram today called on the Sabah Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to subpoena Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim in its ongoing probe into illegal immigrants.
Suaram adviser Kua Kia Soong said the RCI “must spare no effort” in revealing how citizenships had been given out clandestinely to illegal immigrants and refugees under the Mahathir administration.
Anwar was then in charge of Sabah operations.
“This RCI on immigrants in Sabah is an invaluable opportunity for us all to uncover the black operations behind elections in Malaysia,” Kua said in a statement.
“The perpetrators of this electoral deceit must be brought to justice,” he added, reiterating the need for the RCI to subpoena Dr M and Anwar.
Kua then claimed the current Najib administration had only acceded to Sabahans’ demands for an RCI for political mileage ahead of the 13th general election.
“The RCI had been demanded by Sabahans for years… Umno just couldn’t evade their demand anymore,” he said.
“Sabahans have had it up to there. And that is why (Najib) had to accede to their demand for a RCI if he was to try and keep his ‘fixed deposit’ in Sabah,” he added.
Kua cautioned the failure of the RCI to bring this inquiry to a satisfactory conclusion “will forever bring into question the legitimacy of elections in Malaysia”.
He added the government must also follow recommendations proposed by the RCI and questioned BN’s lack of implementation, and cited two examples.
The first was the royal commission on local government in the 60s headed by Athi Nahappan which recommended that local government elections be restored
The more recent one is recommendation for the setting up of Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission to improve the image of the police force.
“We are still waiting for these recommendations to be implemented,” said Kua.
“We expect more of Pakatan Rakyat if they do come to power, including implementing the recommendations cited and prosecuting those responsible for tarnishing the institutions of free and fair elections in Malaysia.”