PBS Will Support Lifting Of Freeze On Issuance
Of Native Certificate
KOTA KINABALU, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- Parti
Bersatu Sabah (PBS) secretary-general Datuk Henrynus Amin
said today the party would give its full support for any
government move to lift the freeze on the issuance of the
native certificate (Sijil Anak Negeri) to benefit genuine
and qualified Sino-natives.
He said Sino-natives should not be penalized for crimes
committed by imposters or phony applicants who may have
abused the system to obtain native certificates through
He said Sino-natives are natives by operation of law, as
provided for by the Sabah Interpretation (Definition of
Native) Ordinance 1952 and therefore should be respected.
However, Henrynus warned there should not be automatic
recognition of existing native certificates issued in the
past, as the State Government was still working hard to
weed out the fake ones.
"Those in possession of fraudulent native certificates
should not be protected by the law," he said in a statement
Henrynus denied opposition allegations that the Sabah State
government had totally stopped recognizing Sino-natives
or stopping them from exercising their rights and privileges
as provided for by the Sabah State Constitution.
He said Sino-natives could buy native customary land or
open an Amanah Saham Bumiputera account but they must seek
written recognition of their status at the department of
native affairs under the Ministry of Local Government and
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He said genuine Sino-natives with the necessary documents
should not fear the tedious verification process of applying
and issuing of the letter from the native affairs department.
On the issue of the State legal provisions for Sino-natives
conflicting with Article 161A (6) (b) of the Federal Constitution,
he said the social contract as enshrined in the State Constitution
agreed during the formation of Malaysia must be respected
and accepted in good faith.
"I think, and this is my personal opinion, no one
should attempt to change or even question the status quo
as to do so would surely put the basis for the formation
of Malaysia into question," he said.