A supreme council
member of the party, Dr Chong Eng Leong (pictured) claimed
that it was a relevant step in order to “clean up”
the Sabah Electoral Roll of voters believed to be in possession
of dubious identity cards.
He urged the EC to scrutinise the original identity card
application forms of the new voters to determine whether
the statutory declarations or birth certificates had been
“We have reasons to believe that a substantial number of
foreigners in Sabah are in possession of Malaysian identity
cards obtained through dubious means,” he said in a statement
issued here yesterday.
While commending the EC’s effort to set up registration
counters on Sundays and every third Saturday of the month
starting from July 15, he said it was his belief that of
the 757,090 voters registered in Sabah, more than 60,000
were suspects of questionable citizenship.
Based on the assumption that some 230,000 Malaysians in
Sabah had yet to register, he projected that there should
therefore be a total of 987,000 eligible voters in the state.
But he deduced that it was not possible to have such an
To substantiate his claims, he cited the figures reflected
in the 2001 National Census (See table).
He argued that if Sabah’s population increased at a rate
similar to Sarawak, the actual population of Sabah in the
year 2000 should have been 1,301,372 as shown at the bottom
of the table.
However, he pointed out that it was not logical for a population
of 1,301,372 genuine citizens to have 987,000 eligible voters
above 21 years old.
Therefore, 1,148,017 or 47 per cent of the 2,449,389 population
in 2000 could be “dubious citizens” or foreigners, he said.
“We therefore appeal to EC to please scrutinise the background
of future voters, as it will be a laborious and arduous
task for the EC to expunge them once the Electoral Roll
is certified,” he stressed.
PBS deputy president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili had also
recently proposed in Parliament for the setting up of a
special task force to clear Sabah’s Electoral Roll of non-qualified