RCI: ‘Money was their master’

NO ORDERS GIVEN: Those who issued ICs to foreigners in Sabah did it for money, RCI told.

KOTA KINABALU: THOSE  behind the issuance of Malaysian identity documents to foreigners in Sabah were doing it solely for the money and not under instructions from anyone, the Royal Commission of Inquiry was  told yesterday.

Several former state National Registration Department (NRD) admitted to selling the documents on their own accord and not under orders from any quarter.

Sarawak Special Branch head Datuk Ibrahim Zakaria, who took the stand as the 33rd witness, testified that in 1996, he had been tasked to interview former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee Datuk Abdul Rauf Sani, who had served as Sabah NRD director from 1990 to 1992.

“He (Rauf) had admitted to issuing 6,305 identity cards to foreigners and had collected RM167,300 from it. He also admitted to doing so for personal profit and on his own will without instructions from any quarter.”

Ibrahim, who was then with Bukit Aman Special Branch, added that Rauf was detained under the ISA for illegally issuing identity cards.

Rauf had told the inquiry that blue identity cards were issued to increase the number of Muslim voters in Sabah.

He had said the immigrants issued with identity cards were taught how to vote in elections, or risked having their documents withdrawn.

Intelligence Technical Unit staff officer of the Kelantan police headquarters, Deputy Superintendent Badaruddin Ismail, told the panel that another ex-Sabah NRD director, Ramli Kamaruddin, had admitted to giving 16,000 receipts known as JPN 1/9 (temporary identity documents) and JPN 1/11 (temporary documents to indicate the holder of an identity document that was reported lost) to foreigners.

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