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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Anwar directly involved in Project IC, says Dr M

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was directly involved in the project to issue citizenship and identity cards to unqualiified immigrants Sabah in the 90s, though without orders from him, claims former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed.

"He normally takes the initiative and sometimes do more (than is required)," said Mahathir at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

"What happens on the ground is often different from the directive (from above)."

Mahathir said that Anwar and the implementing officers on site in Sabah at the time took matters into their own hands and were not necessarily following instructions from the chain of command.

The veteran politician noted that the government had taken action against those officers involved.

He was asked to comment whether he ever ordered Anwar, then his deputy, to issue ICs to unqualified immigrants in Sabah.

"He had a hand in it," alleged Mahathir adding that what happened may have included illegal action and abuse of process.

The former PM added while he may not have evidence that could be adduced in court, he "has knowledge" of the possible wrongdoings by Anwar.

He said that he will testify before the Royal Commission of Inquiry into illegals in Sabah if called.
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