United Pasokmomogum Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) secretary general Datuk Donald Mojuntin .
KOTA KINABALU: For so long, DAP has been slamming Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as perpetrator of the ‘Projek IC’, yet conveniently swept it under the carpet now that they are in the same side in Pakatan Harapan.
United Pasokmomogum Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) secretary general Datuk Donald Mojuntin said it sounded more like a joke when DAP Sabah chief Stephen Wong said that Pakatan Harapan had accepted Dr Mahathir’s apology for any problem he created during his tenure as Prime Minister.
“Upko would like to ask DAP how it could easily forgive and forget somebody who had virtually created a citizenship crisis in Sabah?
“What is DAP’s stand towards Dr Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim having this information from the RCI?
“Are they going to still endorse Mahathir as Pakatan Harapan Prime Minister candidate and Anwar as their de facto leader? All Sabah Pakatan leaders should make their stand known to the public now.
“For Upko, let me state again our stand. Upko will never forgive Dr Mahathir for initiating the clandestine operation to issue ICs to illegal immigrants as had been exposed during the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Mojuntin reminded that on January 18, 2013, Wong’s top party leader, Lim Kit Siang, had stated in DAP’s official portal Roketkini that he considered Dr Mahathir a traitor for his involvement in the illegal issuance of ICs to foreigners.
“And now, without even blinking, Wong said Pakatan Harapan and DAP have forgiven this person they have labeled as a traitor?
“With due respect to the Sandakan MP, he seemed to have just woken up from a long slumber. Either that or he is self-deluding himself,” said Mojuntin, in response to an attempt by Wong to pass the buck to Upko for the Projek IC debacle.
Commenting on Upko acting president Wilfred Madius Tangau’s statement which said that the problems brought by Projek IC will worsen if Pakatan Harapan wins the next general election and Dr Mahathir becomes prime minister, Wong had said that Upko, being in the BN, should have raised its concerns when Dr Mahathir was still the Prime Minister.
Mojuntin said first of all, it was an open secret that Dr Mahathir’s Projek IC started in the mid-80s and it was also common belief that it started as a ploy to topple the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) government by changing the demography of Sabah.
“Secondly, when it was done, only Mahathir and a handful of others knew of this ploy. It was done conspicuously. It was a clandestine operation. Thirdly, Upko was not formed yet at the relevant time,” Mojuntin said, adding most importantly, Mahathir had even admitted to it.
“It’s on YouTube for the world to see. All these evidences came out during the RCI. So to expect Upko to raise an objection on something that is not in public knowledge at that time would be ridiculous. Now evidence had come out during the RCI pointing to Dr Mahathir and Anwar as his deputy then,” he said.
Mojuntin, who is also Penampang Barisan Nasional chief, claimed that for political expediency, Wong wanted to confuse the rakyat by taking the blame away from the sinner.
“One wonders whether Stephen Wong cares for Sabah or not. The illegal immigrant problem is the mother of all problems for Sabah. Projek IC not only succeeded in changing the demography of the State but brought with it a myriad of other problems, including social, health and economic to this very day,” he said.
According to Mojuntin, Upko has always been consistent in calling for the government to resolve the issue of illegals getting their hands on genuine Malaysian identity documents through the back door.
“The party has never stopped calling for those responsible for ‘Projek IC’ to be brought to justice since it involved the nation’s sovereignty. Upko has supporting evidence based on its own survey conducted on nearly 1,000 respondents in squatter settlements around the State. A significant number of these respondents said that they obtained their Malaysian ICs for a price of between RM1,000 and RM10,000 each,” he said.
These findings were compiled in 26 volumes and had been submitted to the RCI on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah, he said.
Mojuntin said Upko had not only gone to the ground to find the root of the problem but had also consistently pushed for a solution by asking for the recalling, checking and re-issuance of all Malaysian ICs issued in Sabah.
Therefore, Upko stands fully behind its acting president that the illegal immigrants’ problem would only worsen if Pakatan Harapan forms the government.