Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

No more ‘lain-lain’ – Max

KOTA KINABALU: The Cabinet has agreed to the recommendation by the Technical Committee on Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputera Minorities to reclassify Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputera in the race columns in government official forms.

The recommendation was made by the technical committee which is co-chaired by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili and Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Dato’ Sri Douglas Uggah Embas.

It is to address the unhappiness of Bumiputera/indigenous communities in the two states who felt they were sidelined when labelled as “others” (lain-lain) in the forms.

“The Sabah natives also want to be classified separately from other Bumiputera since their races are defined separately in the Federal Constitution and state Constitution,” For Sabah ethnic groups, there will be no more ‘lain-lain’ category,” Maximus said.

Maximus said the Cabinet during its Friday meeting had agreed for the classification of Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputera in government forms as follows: a. Sabah i. Anak Negeri Sabah (natives of Sabah) : ....(to be filled by applicant)

ii. Bumiputera Sabah (Sabah Bumiputera): .... (to be filled by the applicant); and

iii. Bukan Bumiputera (non Bumiputera) b. Sarawak i. Dayak: .... (to be filled by applicant); and

ii. Others (Lain-lain): .... (to be filled by applicant)

However, the Cabinet requires the Sabah state government to list out who are classified as “Anak Negeri (Natives)” and “Sabah Bumiputera”. The list will then need to be gazetted before this reclassification is enforced in the official forms.

“The Cabinet requires the state government to list down the races that are categorised as natives of Sabah and Sabah Bumiputera, and gazette it before this comes into effect. This is to prevent

The Sabah natives also want to be classified separately from other Bumiputera since their races are defined separately in the Federal Constitution and state Constitution.

abuse by others who may claim to be natives or Sabah Bumiputera.

“The Cabinet will wait for the gazetting before the new forms will be used,” he said.

Maximus also said that prior to the recommendation by the technical committee, consultations were conducted with native and indigenous cultural associations in Sabah, in particular, the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA).

Sabah State Government representatives from the state Attorney General Chambers and Sabah Chief Minister’s Department also participated in the consultations conducted by the technical committee, and agreed to the recommendations.

Meanwhile, for Sarawak, he said the Cabinet had agreed for the word “Dayak” to be used to denote the race of non-Malay Bumiputera in the official forms as agreed by the state government.

 

Source - The Borneo Post