Saturday, August 14

Bumiputras struggle for equal rights

Minister of Primary Commodities and Industries Bernard Dompok was quoted by The Borneo Post dated 14 August, as saying that Bumiputras from Sarawak and Sabah should be accorded equal opportunities as their counterparts in the peninsula in all aspects.

Under the Federal Constitution, Bumiputras from Sarawak and Sabah were accorded equal status as their counterparts in Peninsular Malaysia.

“Under the technical committee for Bumiputras in Sarawak and Sabah, of which I am the chairman, we aim to achieve equality for all Bumiputras regardless of their region.

“The committee would meet from time to time to discuss pertinent issues which the members would bring up to the cabinet,”
he said.

The members comprise three federal ministers from Sabah and one from Sarawak, and they are Minister for Rural Development Shafie Apdal, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Maximus Ongkili and Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (all from Sabah) and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Douglas Uggah (Sarawak).

Dompok who is president of United Pasok Momogun Kadazan-Dusun Organisation (UPKO) said one of the long outstanding issues that had been resolved was the native customary rights (NCR) land in Sarawak.

“Now the Sarawak government will implement the perimeter survey of the NCR land with funding from the federal government.

“The other issue we continue to pursue is the fact that almost all top posts in the federal civil service are dominated by Bumiputras from the peninsula.

“There should be fairness in appointments at all levels,” he said, pointing out that there are also other pertinent issues that they have to address even though such issues may be deemed to be sensitive, lest the opposition capitalize on them. - The Broken Shield



Vote PR 4 Fairness n equality said...

The Bumi from Sarawak and sabah are not been treated equal as those in the peninsula.
The peninsula malays say these east malaysian states Bumi take pork so they MUST not be on the same status as them.

Another is the religion are different, so basically there is no equal status.

That's why these east malaysian states Bumi are marginalized. Chack how many got the scholarship to local Uni, not to say overseas.

Banting said...

Correct, the rights of every citizen must be protected,guaranteed and respected, as provided by the Constitution and as encapsulated in the Rukun Negara.

This year Sabah and Sarawak is their 47th year joined the Federation of Malaysia. Why only now the Federal ministers from these two states realised that their natives are not treated fairly by the Federal government. In fact, the natives from these two states have been sidelined, marginalised and discriminated.

Sarawak state election is nearer, the ministers can say anything sweet to the ears now. For me, it is just a political gimmick to fish for votes.

Anonymous said...

well...u reap what the majority east m'sian sow..

Apai Semalau said...

Equality and fairness with penisula first class buniputra malays? Dream on. We are at the moment being treated worst than the peninsula chinese. These UMNO liars look at us with disdain and even hijack our "allah" overnight. Looks like we remain doom as a colony of UMNO until hopefully the opposition takes over putrajaya?
The federal constitution is just words written on a piece of trash paper that the present executive could ask the kangaroo courts to rewrite anytime.So don't bank on it.

Anonymous said...

Seem that Sabah Minister dare and really care for their rakyaat, how about our Sarawak BN politician why so silent all this while especially Dayak ministers, Jabu, Masing and Mawan.

apai irau said...

Sorry Mr.Minister Dompok.You are wrong.The survey on NCR land has not started yet,how can you say the issue has been solved.You better be careful when issuing statements about Sarawak,for all you know Taib may not do the survey at all,otherwise he would have done it since 1981;see how reluctant he was?.Unless there is a continuous pressure from the federal,and this pressure are visible by the public,Taib wont heed to call for survey as we all know that such exercise would curtail his robbing of the NCR land.Never trust a penyangak.

stevenabara said...

sorry mr dompok..those bumiputera sabah and sarawak are categorised under lain-lain bumiputera or worse case lain-lain bangsa.

Mata Kuching said...

The Dayaks should be smarter than politicians and learn to read in between the lines. Did Dompok say that the NCR land issue has been resolved (by UMNO controlled BN government) with funding from federal for Sarawak government to conduct parameter survey? Is NCR land issue been resolves? Dompok has been a minister for ages and he never fought for his own people let alone Dayaks from Sarawak until he appeared to be bold and brave to make one statement requesting for Bumiputras in Sabah and Sarawak to be given equal rights and opportunities.

Let us remember that what is not ours will not be ours until it belongs to us legally. Sarawak government needs an outsider like a minister from sabah or from Federal to appease the Dayaks and divert them from the many real issues. How often did BN YBs make our Tuai Rumah make statement that read like this. "We have waited so many years for electricity and water to be connected. We would have make up our minds to support Opposition but fortunately our government has finally delivered. "

Such is the depth of BN's political indoctrination and mental enslavery of our own people. UMNO controlled BN government can never be trusted anymore. Time to change, Make no mistake about that.