seeks answer on stateless natives
Wednesday, 10 September 2003 (Source: The Star)
A question is now is being asked as to how some 40,000 people
in Sabah have been identified and registered as “stateless
natives” by the National Registration Department (NRD).
Sabah president Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan wants a clarification
by the NRD to explain who were these “stateless natives”.
He said many
people were confused over NRD’s use of a new term “stateless
natives” as it raised concerns over non-Malaysians trying
to get registered by the NRD.
in Sabah are confused and want to know why there are so
many 'stateless natives' registered when Parliament was
told that there were only 22,000 stateless persons in Sabah,”
Pairin said in his policy speech at the party’s 18th congress.
“What is said
to be a 'stateless native' is a new term that involves the
citizenship rights, sovereignty and security of our nation,”
he said, adding that the NRD must continue to act against
foreigners holding genuine Malaysian identity cards.
called on the Election Commission to clean up the electoral
rolls of “phantom voters” by adopting better mechanism to
check on non-citizens using questionable Malaysian identity
cards to vote.
was returned unopposed as party president for the seventh
term at the congress, in his 90-minute speech touched on
various issues pertaining to education, economy, social
to reporters, he said that PBS was against the two-year
Sabah chief minister rotation system as they felt it was
against the state constitution – unless changes were made
he said, the rotation issue would be discussed among Barisan
component parties so as to come out with a proper formula
that would be accepted by the people.