Former Sabah National Registation Department director Ramli Kamaruddin claimed he embarked on recruiting phantom voters after personally receiving instructions from then-deputy home minister Megat Junid Megat Ayub.
Testifying at the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on immigrants in Sabah today, Ramli claimed he was instructed to issue an identity card (IC) receipt to immigrants using the details of people who are already in the electoral roll but had never voted before.
"I received a call two weeks before the 1994 Sabah state election to meet Megat Junid at a hotel. I was instructed to help to ensure a state government endorsed by the federal government would win.
"I was instructed to issue NRD receipts using the name and IC number of voters already in the electoral roll with the sole purpose of allowing them to vote," he said.
NRD receipts are temporary identity card slips that are issued prior to the granting of a proper identity card. This document is sufficient to allow for voting, he explained.
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