Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Umno
on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to safeguard the interests and welfare of all Sabahans by openly supporting the setting up a Royal Commission of Inquiry
(RCI) to look into the allegations of non-citizens obtaining citizenship by dubious means.
Sabah Umno Information Chief, Datuk Sapawi Ahmad, said Sabah Umno has never objected to the setting up of a RCI on the issue.
"The decision to conduct a royal inquiry is an administrative decision of the Federal Government and the proper authority to decide is the Federal Cabinet," he
said this in a statement after attending a New Year get-together cum breakfast hosted by Chief Minister and Sabah Umno
Chief, Datuk Seri Musa Aman, for Sabah Umno leaders.
Sapawi said it should also be noted that all Umno MPs from Sabah
voted in Parliament to accept the recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee
(PSC) headed by Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili, which, among others, adopted a resolution to set up a RCI
"So the issue of Sabah Umno objecting to the setting of the RCI
In fact, in 2008, Sabah Umno
submitted a memorandum to then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi detailing various issues that required immediate attention of the Federal Government," he
said, among others, the memorandum urged the Federal Government to take proactive measures to manage the increasing number of foreign nationals in the State.
has voiced its official stand on the issue of RCI
to the Committee.
has no objection to the setting up of the RCI
by the Federal Government," he
said Sabah Umno
was with the people on issues important to their wellbeing and the welfare of the State.
has always been supportive of any measure to ensure the welfare and security of the State, whereby the interests of its people are always a top priority," he