Dompok calls for RCI into Sabah’s population growth
PENAMPANG, Sept 25 — A Sabah BN leader has called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the drastic population growth in his state, especially between 1990 and 2000.
United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said yesterday that the steep rise was accounted by the presence of foreigners, Bernama Online reported.
Update: DPM Muhyiddin `agreed’ to Dompok’s suggestion(see report below)
The Plantation Industries and Commodities minister revealed details during his party’s triennial delegates congress at the Penampang Cultural Centre which was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and attended by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
He said that the National Registration Department failed to provide the actual number of Malaysians in Sabah to the Parliament Select Committee on Integrity in 2007. Dompok added that the prevailing perception of Sabahans is that the government is unaware how many Malaysians are there in Sabah.
He related that Sabah’s 1960 population was 454,561, made up 42 per cent by Kadazandusun. The figure went up to 653,604 in 1970. The numbers really shot up to 1,307,582 in 1980 and then 1,736,902 in 1991.
These were all overshadowed by the 2,449,389 registered in 2000, and as of 2005 it stands at 3,313,000.
Dompok said that the 3.1 per cent growth outpaced the national average of 2.3 per cent.
Update: DPM Muhyiddin agreed:
Muhyiddin: RCI on illegal immigrant problem possible
The Government would look into all aspects, including a Royal Commission of Inquiry, in tackling the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“I am willing to accept all aspects, let’s look into that. We would consider every committee report and whether the way forward is the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) or other approaches.
“At the end of the day, this is something we can look into seriously,” he said when opening the United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) delegates meeting.
He said Sabah Barisan Nasional had formed a special committee chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan to tackle the issue.
“Whether it could be resolved through any initiative or means, I think it is something that the people will believe that the BN is doing the right thing and at the end of the day, the support of the people towards BN is of importance,” he added.