Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Royal Commission is to determine truth: Madius


The objective of the proposed Royal Commission of Inquiry is to address a very specific issue, that is to determine the truth behind the so-called “Project IC”, United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organization (UPKO) said. Coming out in support of the statement by SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee as reported in the local papers yesterday, calling for a concerted effort to act on illegals, UPKO Secretary General Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said, “One must not miss the tree for the forest!” Madius in a statement yesterday said, “The mother of all illegal immigrants related problem in Sabah is the infamous Project IC”. “It is just like the Royal Commission on the Lingam video clip! The concern was the independence of the Judiciary and it takes the Lingam video clip to put things right again”. Explaining his point, Madius said the Government would have to start investigating the claim made by Hassanar Ibrahim during the Likas election petition trial. During that trial, Hassanar testified that he was directly involved in a Government sanctioned project to award identity cards to aliens in Sabah with the main intention to tip the demographic balance in the State. “We need the Royal Commission to investigate what had caused the extraordinary increase in Sabah’s population.” said Madius, adding that perhaps, the proposed Commission could also look into the apparent inaction to deal with various police reports lodged against various statements on the Project IC. “I myself was asked by police to assist in the investigation but up until this point in time nothing has come out of it. One cannot help but to attribute the extraordinary increase in the population of Sabah to the existence of the so-called Project IC. There is no other credible explanation but this factor,” he said. UPKO’s call for the setting up of a Royal Commission of inquiry on illegal immigrants, he pointed out, was actually to look into a very specific matter which is “the truth behind the Project IC”, he added.