Saturday, December 12

Write this, they are Bumis

From The Malaysian Mirror

KUCHING –The Ministry of Higher Education has informed all public universities that the Government has issued an administrative order recognising as “bumiputras” the people of Sabah and Sarawak where either parent is a bumiputra.

In a two-paragraph circular dated on 23 November 2009 distributed to public universities, government agencies and departments, the Ministry said: “For general information, the government has agreed to recognise as ‘bumiputras’ the people of Sabah and Sarawak where either parent is a bumiputra.

The government has also directed all ministries, departments and government agencies to implement the said decision,” said the Ministry.

The circular clearly mentioned that if one of the parents is a bumiputra and the other is a non-bumiputra, the offspring from the marriage are considered as bumiputras as far as going to higher education is concerned.

It is not clear, however, if such offspring are entitled to privileges and rights of natives as spelt out in 161A (6) (a) of the Federal Constitution which says “in relation to Sarawak who is a citizen and either belongs to one of the races specified in Clause (7) as indigenous to the State or is mixed blood deriving exclusively from those races;”

Clause (7) says “the races to be treated for the purposes of the definition of “native” in Clause (6) as indigenous to Sarawak are the Bukitans, Bisayahs, Dusuns, Sea Dayaks, Land Dayaks, Kadayans, Kalabits, Kayans, Kenyahs (including Sabups, and Sipengs), Kajangs (including Sekapans, Kejamans, Lahanans, Punans, Tanjongs and Kanowits), Lugats, Lisums, Malays, Melanaos, Muruts, Penans, Sians, Tagals, Tabuns and Ukits.”

“While we welcome the Government’s decision to accept children whose parents either one is a bumiputra as bumiputras for the purpose of admitting them to education of higher learning, we are still not quite comfortable unless the Article 161A (a) is amended,” said a veteran lawyer whose children come from a mixed marriage.

“Can my children be entitled to privileges and rights as spelt out in Article 153 of the Constitution such as in business, housing, loans, permits, ASB investments, etc?” asked the lawyer who did not want to be identified.

He added: “The reason why we are still not comfortable is because any time the government feels it wants to revoke the order, it can do so.

“I believe it (order) has no legal binding,”
he stressed.

The administrative order came in the wake of the criticisms by politicians and public against the decision of the Ministry of Higher Education refusing to accept Marina Undau’s application for matriculation course on ground that she is not a bumiputra even though her father is an Iban. Her mother is a Chinese.

Marina has now been accepted into one of the public universities.



Anonymous said...

that's purely for window dressing only.if this gov't subscribe to the what najib's 1malaysia, then they MUST treat all malaysian as equal.

the other day i went to the immigration dept to apply for my son's passport. I ask for a discount which my daughter got the last time she apply for one when she went to Perth to study.students are entitle to discount of 50%, so you just pay RM 150 only.

this time they gave me excuse that foundation students are not entitle to discount. are foundation students not students. this is where they flip flog.i hate to say the officials at the counter are not people friendly at all. they act as if this whole country belongs to them only and most of the people at the counter are malays.

is this what najib's 1malaysia means!

Anonymous said...

all this is shitbucket !they think we all sarawakians are damn stupid who live up in the trees and wear loin cloth. that's why they treat us like shit and when one complaint, they change something just to please us.

we have been treated this way for 46 years and non of our leaders have stand up to this abuse of power. Remember we JOIN TO FORM MALAYSIA on equal terms, not as shit wiper.

comes this election we all must use our votes to show that this abuse must stop. vote all this corrupted out and let try a new gov't. at least we take chance for the better of our future, instead of leaving them to chart out future.

Gov't of the people , for the people and by the people

Anonymous said...

“So before we can reinvent ourselves we need to recover our Sarawak. That larger community, bound by laws, democratic and constitutional, is the context of economic progress, it is the context in which young people find hope, think generous thoughts and create tomorrow.

Banting said...

The recognition of Bumiputera status of Sarawakians with mixed parents is not for every Sarawakian to be proud of as long as the BN government is still practicing to discriminate the dayaks in the selection and appointment of employees in the civil service. At present, it shows that only 10 per cent of the dayaks are accepted for jobs in Sarawak as compared to 90 per cent for Malays.

Is this the basis of 1Malaysia concept supposed to be the principle of justice for all races and the people would be taken care of and no race would be marginalised?

Is this 1Malaysia concept to foster unity in Malaysias of all races, when the Dayaks feel apprehensive and worried that the concept would deviate from what had been agreed by our forefathers?

Maybe the public would urge the BN government to check the statistics for the last ten years the percentage of dayak Bumiputera in Sarawak who were successful selected for the jobs in the civil service in Sarawak?

Are our Dayak ministers do not realize the present trend of the selection and appointment process of employees in the civil service, which are seen as biased?

Anonymous said...

If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you are disappointed with the mistakes of the government, work to change them.

Patriotism is the love of our country. But love of our country that is dedicated to a proposition, not a king or a religion-a nation that is based on ideas, not blood.

We must treat all races equally and Malaysia is one of the country that mistreated the minorities.We must stand up and be counted.Show najib what his 1malaysia, people first and performance now means. i hope it's not a slogan to window dress for the 13th GE.walk the talk Mr prime minister!

Anonymous said...

By recognising as “bumiputras” the people of Sabah and Sarawak where EITHER parent is a bumiputra will create more confusion later on rather than a remedy to the current situation... it is the constitution that has to be amended first, not just by issuing such administrative order. Just wait and see...

Apai Semalau said...

The malays in Malaya being the majority fills 90 % of all civil service jobs there. In Sarawak, Malayan malays are filling up almost all federal civil jobs which should rightfully be filled by Sarawakians. A shame that we dayaks being majority only gets to eat the crumbs! Looks like we are but a colony of the malayan malays who doesn't respect our culture and openly treats us with contempt!

Anonymous said...

that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

a faith in simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles. It's the idea that we can tuck in our children at night and know that they are fed and clothed and are safe from harm; that we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door; that we can have a idea and start our own business without paying bride; that we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution; and that our votes will be counted.

For me, ot is the love and defense of these ideals that constitutes the true meaning of patriotism.They are ideals that do not belong to any particular party or group of people but call each of us to service and sacrifice for the sake of our common good.

I write this knowing that if previous generations had not taken up this call, I would not be where I'm today. As a young man of mixed race, without a firm anchor in any community, without even a father's steadying hand,this essential native ideal-that our destinies are not written before we are born-has defined my life.And it is the source of my profound love for this country; because with a mother a Iban and my father a Malay ,I know that stories like my could only happen in Malaysia.

that all men be they white, black, brown and grey must all be treated equally . our constitution protected us from the brutal injustices .

we shall see whether najib's 1malaysia is a reality.

Anonymous said...

Idris, who is minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, had set up eight labs last Oct 5 for the six NKRAs and the 1 Malaysia concept for the various race communities in the country, whose relationships have frayed over several incidents involving the majority Malay-Muslims with the Chinese and Indians.

Complaints have also surfaced that some natives in Sarawak could not obtain scholarships or university openings because only one of their parents held Bumiputera status.

Anonymous said...

"...Idris, who is minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, had set up eight labs last Oct 5 for the six NKRAs..."

So what will they do when the Ministers get their report cards? Have bye-elections? Or will Najib cane their butts? Or tap their hands? Let's hope Idris is not just growing mushrooms in the "LABS" ?

Aki Josh said...

We should congratulate the Ministry for making this common-sense decision. But it shows how archaic is the Constitution. Sea Dayak? Seping? What about the Badang who came over from Kalimantan in recent decades? What about the people of Chinese descent who came from Sambas a century ago? Surely it is time for a unifying concept of citizenship that doesn't distinguish first, second and third class citizens.

JJJ said...


Just want to share with your readers on APPLICATION TO BE IDENTIFIED WITH A NATIVE COMMUNITY - Section 20(1) of the Native Courts Ordinance, 1992

Under Rule 17 (A) the applicant(s) need to submit Form K (3) - 4 copies addressed to the nearest Registrar of District Native Court.

(1) The completed forms had to be accompanied with the relevant documents (a) - (g) in the list
(2) Upon Filing with the Respective Native Court Registry:-

pay RM100
1 copy for Resident's Native Crt Registrar and 1 copy kept for Public Display
2 copies handed to applicants(s) and to be sent to State Attorney General (SAG)
The focus would be on single mothers who had previously been married foreigners

The application had to be vetted by SAG!

Jamal Jarjis Jr