SABAH RCI Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) officials were shown Umno application forms by sources who claimed that the forms were part of the clandestine mass issuance of illegal identity cards. 

NONEPBS vice-president Radin Malleh (right) testified to the royal commission of inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah that he had himself seen those forms, which included a photograph and a thumbprint of the applicant.

He said the informant, who he met sometime between 1994 and 1999, also showed him Persatuan Bugis forms, which were allegedly used for the same purpose. 

“The informant showed me forms with pictures and thumbprints, and I assumed it was true, that they used the picture and thumprint to make blue ICs,” Radin said. 

However, to a question from Sabah Law Association representative Yunof Maringking, Radin said he was “not implicating Umno or Persatuan Bugis” in the illegal mass issuance of blue ICs. 

“I just saw the forms said to be used to give pictures and thumbprints. I’m not sure if they were used to get the ICs, but according to that source, they were,” he said.
Radin said his sources claimed that the move was part of one ‘Ops Gembleng’ that involved a group of National Registration Department (NRD) officers who were placed at “specific districts” for the purpose of issuing ICs illegally.

‘Declarations backdated’

He testified that Ops Gembleng was also involved the backdating of false declarations (sijil akuan) declaring foreigners as Sabah-born for the purpose of issuing the illegal ICs.

“Some say they are born in Tenom or in Rundum, when these people probably have never been to Rundum, and these declarations were backdated to 1987 to obtain ICs,” he said.

Radin, who was then PBS secretary-general, said he had also received a letter via post, which included 12 fake ICs and a list of NRD officers said to be involved in Ops Gembleng.

“(The list) was real. Between 1995 and 1996, those with the names listed (in the letter) were arrested by the police and detained under the Internal Security Act,” he said.

To a question from conducting officer Jamil Aripin, Radin, who is now Sabah Rural Development Minister, admitted that he could not verify the information he received but believes that the sources are genuine. 

“One of them was a medical doctor from Kampung Air... He is a Sabahan Indian. He told me of a Muslim Indian national who received an IC within a few days of arriving. 

“He convulsed into tears when he told me. I asked him why, since that person is his Indian brother, but he said: “But I am Sabahan and he is depriving me of my opportunities,” Radin said, and he urged the RCI to call the doctor as a witness.

~ Malaysiakini