KUCHING: The federal government has promised to help resolve the long outstanding problem of many “stateless” Sarawakian natives.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he would bring up the matter at the cabinet meeting to get the relevant ministry to act.
Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) treasurer Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, also Barisan Nasional Backbencher Club chairman, raised the issue of Sarawakians without birth certificates or identification cards (ICs) during a dialogue session Najib had with the coalition’s elected representatives and leaders at Kuching Hilton on Thursday.
Najib said without personal documents, these stateless Sarawakians from longhouses and rural areas had faced problems, like continuing their studies.
State Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Datuk William Mawan said there were “tens of thousands” of Sarawakian natives who were without ICs.
“The question is to first clear the backlog (of applications for MyKad),” he told reporters later.
Describing the problem as serious, Mawan, also SPDP president,said there were Form Five or Six students who did not had ICs.
He was pleased with the commitment from Najib that the federal government was keen to help resolve the issue.
He said the ministry concerned would have to find out if elected representatives and community leaders could help to certify the status of stateless Sarawakians in their applications for MyKad.
Mawan said the SPDP would compile details of the problem and bring them up at the Barisan management committee meeting.
Source : The Star