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Project Mahathir: ‘Extraordinary’ Population Growth in Sabah

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Frank, Sina

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Abstract The Malaysian state of Sabah faced an “extraordinary” population growth during the last decades. Illegal immigrants are said to have been issued Malaysian Identity Cards based on false statutory declarations. The so-called “Project Mahathir” changed Sabah’s ethnic make-up as well as the participation in elections. Politicians are said to have made use of “Phantom voters” in order to decide Sabah elections. Finally, with the help of a petition Sabah-based NGO’s demand an investigation into the case: Those who are responsible for the massive influx of illegal immigrants may soon be charged.
Keywords Malaysia; illegal immigration; region; population development; growth; voter turnout; ethnic structure
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Population Studies, Sociology of Population
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 71-80
Journal Südostasien aktuell : journal of current Southeast Asian affairs, 25 (2006) 5
ISSN 0722-8821
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works