It is a stark revelation that the RCI cannot be used as a yardstick to measure the extent of government involvement in the issuance of Malaysian identity cards to illegal immigrants.
Most of the identity cards were sold by irresponsible and corrupt West Malaysian officers who came to Sabah to make fast money with little conscience that their actions have far-reaching consequences, detrimental to the interests and well-being of Sabahans.
A number of witnesses called up by the commission had been unreliable. Some were too smart for their own good, some just plain stupid and some gave only half the truth.
The recent claim made by Sabah Suluk Ethnic Clan Association secretary Mohd Zaki Hari Susanto (a Suluk with an Indonesian name) that Api-Api assemblywoman Christina Liew was an Indonesian Chinese before becoming Malaysian was a clear case of ignorance. The man is just plain stupid, doesn't know what he is talking about. Many people knew Christina Liew from childhood and knew she is a Sabahan and a naturalised Malaysian. What was uttered by this man at the RCI was untrue.
Liew has clarified her status here.
Many young Malaysians are ignorant of the history of this country because our history books in schools are so badly written, it imparts very little knowledge of pre-independence history and the position of the migrant races who stepped foot on this shore before independence.
Those who were born outside Malaysia but were residents of Malaya before 31st August 1957 and those in Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore residents before 31st August 1963 had the option of staying as British citizen or become Malaysians by naturalisation.
Obviously, Liew's parents opted to become Malaysian citizens and the rest is history.
There seemed to be a mix-up where she was born. Christina says she was born in Hong Kong and came to Sabah with her parents when she was one month old, but RCI panel member Tan Sri Henry Chin seemed to think she was born in Tawau and claimed to know her family well.
Christina is not alone, there are many like her, naturalised on the day of the formation of Malaysia.
One, that I personally know is Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Clement Skinner, who was born in Burma and is a Sabahan and Malaysian by naturalisation.
Nothing in the State or Federal Constitution that forbids naturalised citizen to become elected member.