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Seorang penduduk Sabah mengakui menjadi sebahagian daripada "Projek Mahathir" dan mendapat taraf kewarganegaraan Malaysia selepas memasuki negara ini secara haram dari selatan Filipina.
Surirumah berkenaan, Fawziah Abdul, 50, dalam laporan agensi berita Reuters itu berkata beliau juga ingin menyampaikan penghargaannnya kepada bekas perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad atas peluang itu.
"Saya merupakan sebahagian daripada Projek Mahathir... Saya diberitahu supaya pergi ke satu pejabat dengan dua keping gambar dan sedikit wang," kata Fawziah dalam laporan itu.
(Reuters) - Housewife Fawziah Abdul wants to thank former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad for making her a citizen 10 years after she illegally slipped into Borneo from the southern Philippines in search of a better life.Perkara seperti ini iaitu mendaftarkan warga asing sebagai pengundi kini sedang berlaku di Semenanjung dan negeri yang paling ramai didaftarkan ialah Selangor.
The 50-year-old lives on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia's Sabah state, where her tin-roofed shack jostles for space with more than 1,000 others in a slum where children play beside heaps of rubbish.
She is hopeful that her three children will get a new home and identity cards if she votes for the government again.
With a general election due within seven months, the 13-party ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is banking on Sabah and neighbouring Sarawak state on Borneo island to prolong its 55-year grip on power.
But its support in the two Borneo states, which account for a quarter of parliament seats, is showing signs of slipping.
A large presence of Muslim immigrants, like Fawziah, has fuelled complaints of government discrimination against Christians who have also been a bedrock of government support.
Fawziah said she was a beneficiary of a secret plan said to have been approved by Mahathir that has helped fuel a five-fold surge in Sabah's population since the 1970s and turned it into a vote bank for the ruling coalition.
"I am part of Project Mahathir," she said, referring to the plan. "I was told to turn up at an office with two photographs and some money," added Fawziah, who showed her identity card that lists her as a Sabah-born citizen.
Without support in the two eastern states, the ruling coalition would have lost power in the last general election, in 2008, when a resurgent opposition won a majority of votes on peninsula Malaysia. Now that support looks fragile.
Residents of Sabah complain about competition from Filipino and Indonesian migrants for jobs in the oil and gas-rich region, whose revenues are mostly channelled to the federal government and where one in five people lives on less than $1 a day.
Christians, mostly members of indigenous groups such as the Kadazandusun in Sabah and the Dayaks and Ibans in Sarawak, once made up nearly half of Sabah's population but now form less than a third of its 3.2 million people.
But they can still give a potentially vital boost to the opposition, which won a majority of votes in mainland Malaysia in 2008 but only got three of 56 seats in Sabah and Sarawak.
FLEXING POLITICAL MUSCLES
The election is expected to be the closest in the former British colony's history after the coalition lost its two-thirds majority for the first time in 2008.
This is partly due to Christian, Buddhist and Hindu minorities in the mostly Muslim country abandoning the coalition, complaining of discrimination over issues such as the airing of Islamic programmes on state television.
Arnold Puyok, a political scientist at Universiti Teknologi Mara Sabah, says the frustration could translate into votes for the opposition led by Mahathir's former deputy, Anwar Ibrahim, which could pick up at least 10 seats out of 25 in Sabah.
Opposition strategists say they need to win an extra 10 seats each in Sabah, Sarawak and mainland Malaysia to win the election with a simple majority of 112 seats.
The opposition - a coalition of Borneo parties and a mainland alliance that campaigns for greater transparency - won 15 seats from the ruling bloc in Sarawak state elections for its best showing in 24 years. It got votes from indigenous Christians as well as from the ethnic Chinese minority.
As Christian frustration grows over Muslim migrants, churches are becoming more vocal. Malaysia's largest evangelical group held a 40 day-fast last month, which included prayers for the resolution of what they see as the immigrant problem.
The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship also held prayer meetings across the country for Malaysia Day on September 16 - a holiday marking Sabah and Sarawak's entry into Malaysia 49 years ago. The Borneo states agreed to join Malaysia on condition that religious freedom as well as the protection of native lands and cultures were guaranteed.
"There are quite a few unhappy Sabah people. Sabahans do not usually show it openly, they are doing it through prayer," Stephanie Rainier, a Kadazandusun among 7,000 worshippers at a stadium in Kota Kinabalu, said of people's frustration.
"They are taking over businesses. They are everywhere," she said of migrants.
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Menurut Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kesihatan, Pekerja Ladang, Kemiskinan dan Kerajaan Prihatin, Dr Xavier Jayakumar jumlah pengundi baru yang direkod hingga Suku Ketiga 2011 berjumlah 316,788 orang..
Dari jumlah itu banyak manakah PATI yang telah dijadikan pengundi oleh UMNO/BN?
Dalam jangka masa yang pendek UMNO/BN dijangka boleh kembali berkuasa di Selangor... tetapi untuk jangkamasa panjang apa yang telah berlaku terhadap rakyat Sabah sekarang akan dialami oleh rakyat Selangor... - ASD