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'Govt needs time to draw up RCI terms of reference'
KUALA LUMPUR: Time is required to draw up the terms of reference for the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to look into the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah because consideration has to be given to Malaysians in the state without identity papers, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said time was also required to name the members of the RCI panel as it was necessary to scrutinise those who were qualified to be appointed.
"It is in view of this situation that we are taking some time to determine the terms of reference and also to scrutinise those qualified to sit on the panel," he said during question time.
He was replying to a supplementary question, from Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan), who had asked whether the terms of reference would be really vetted to ensure no discrimination against Malaysians in Sabah without identity papers such as MyKad and birth certificates.
Nazri, when replying to the original question from Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR-Permatang Pauh) on the status of the setting up of the RCI, said the process of preparing the terms of reference was in the final stage.
"The government has to determine that the terms of reference are thorough so as to ensure that the objective of setting up the RCI to solve the illegal immigrant problem in a comprehensive manner is achieved.
"The members of the panel will be selected from among those who have wide experience and deep understanding of the immigrant problem in Sabah to ensure that their recommendations can be implemented effectively," he said.
Replying to a supplementary question from Anwar on whether the government proposed to make use of the same commission to solve the illegal immigrant problem in states in the peninsula, Nazri said the commission would only look into the problem in Sabah. -- Bernama