Being ‘mixed’ is no privilege

The Borneo Post - 29.10.2009

[size=150]Being mixed is no privilege [/size]

Iban-Chinese schoolgirl in limbo over Bumi status; ministry ascertains her as non-native, throws out application to do matriculation
KUCHING: Getting her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) result was the best and the worst thing that could happen to Marina Undau.The 18-year-old science stream student of SMK Simanggang scored 9As and 1B in the SPM examination last year.

She thought she was on her way to university, especially being a Bumiputera and all, but that was not to be.

Born to an Iban father and a Chinese mother, Marinas life was turned upside down when her application to undergo a university matriculation programme was rejected by the Ministry of Education. The ministry determined that she is not a Bumiputera.

Her dreams were crushed and in the process, she lost a part of her identity and the drive that made her a top scorer.

The Borneo Post met Marina at her house in Sri Aman yesterday.

Seated between her parents, Undau Liap and Wong Pick Sing, the disappointment in the teenager was obvious.

Speaking in Iban, she said: Aku amai enda puas ati nadai olih nyambung sekula ngagai universiti (Im very sad that I cant pursue my university education).

With no chance of entering a university for now, Marina has started Form 6 in her old school.

Asked what she thought of everything that was happening, she replied: What worries me is that will this happen again when I pass my STPM next year? If I get good results, whats next? What confuses Marina even more is how her elder sister could further her studies in Universiti Sains Malaysia in Pulau Pinang, where she is now in her second year, without ever having her identity questioned.

When Marinas application was rejected, Undau contacted the Education Ministrys Matriculation Department in Putrajaya on June 23 and was told that her daughter was not a Bumiputera.

Dissatisfied, the father, a government servant, wrote to the ministry on July 1 and the reply he got shocked him, and it is bound to challenge the identity of many Sarawakians who are born of mixed-parentage.

The ministry said in a reply on July 14 that Unaus appeal was turned down because the candidate is categorised as non-Bumiputera (father is Iban and mother is Chinese) based on a definition used by the Student Intake Management Division, Higher Learning Department and Higher Education Ministry.

Their definition is as follows:

Semenanjung Jika salah seorang ibu atau bapa calon adalah seorang Melayu yang beragama Islam/Orang Asli seperti mana yang ditakrifkan dalam Perkara 160(2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan; maka anaknya adalah dianggap seorang Bumiputera. (If either parent of a candidate is a Malay who is a Muslim/Orang Asli as defined in Article 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution, the child is considered a Bumiputera.)

Sabah Jika bapa calon adalah seorang Melayu yang beragama Islam/Peribumi Sabah seperti yang ditakrifkan dalam Perkara 161A(6)(a) Perlembagaan Persekutuan; maka anaknya adalah dianggap seorang Bumiputera. (If the father of the candidate is a Malay who is a Muslim/native of Sabah as defined by Article 161A(6)(a) of the Federal Constitution, the child is considered a Bumiputera.)

Sarawak Jika bapa dan ibu adalah seorang Peribumi Sarawak seperti mana yang ditakrifkan dalam Perkara 161A(6)(b) Perlembagaan persekutuan; maka anaknya adalah dianggap seorang Bumiputera. (If the father and mother is a native of Sarawak as defined under Article 161A(6)(b) of the Federal Constitution, the child is considered a Bumiputera).

Undau could not accept the explanation given by the ministry and he hoped that the government would seriously look into education issues that involve Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera status.

[size=150]Is this what we call the 1Malaysia concept? Why all the differences in the intake of students for higher learning. I am not questioning the constitution, but what is the meaning of 1Malaysia if things like this happen? Unau asked.[/size]

A check with the National Registration Department (NRD) headquarters here revealed that there have been numerous enquiries about the Bumiputera status of late.

A staff said she was somewhat surprised because no one had asked until recently.

A spokesperson for the NRD here said that in Sarawak, if a person is born to an Iban and his mother is Chinese, he is registered as an Iban according to the race of his father.

Asked if such a person is automatically accorded Bumiputera rights, the spokesperson said: We dont actually handle that. We look at the race of the father. If the father is Iban, the child is Iban. If the father is Chinese, the child is Chinese. The Bumiputera status comes under the Native Court.

Native Court Registrar Ronnie Edward, when contacted, said the Bumiputera status was a birthright and the Native Court only hear cases where a person who was to be declared a Bumiputera although his father was not a native.

He said there had been others who had suffered the same fate as Marina and it all boiled down to the Federal Constitution.

I think to solve this problem. Article 161(A) of the Federal Constitution has to be amended. The article says that in Sarawak, both parents have to be exclusively a native, Ronnie said.

[size=200]*** 1MALAYSIA BOLEH ***[/size]

Based on this, Sarawak MELAYU in similar cases are also NOT ENTITLED TO BUMIPUTERA STATUS.

Quite a number of Malay men are or have been married Chinese women. By this definition, since 1963, they are not bumiputera. They should be asked to return all the benefits accrued to them under the bumiputera status.

Further reading seems to suggest that Malays in Sarawak are NOT accorded Bumiputera status because only Semenanjung and Sabah state clearly who are Bumi.

Any constitutional lawyers want to have a look at this?

If they (the WM) want to stir s***, then we should make sure it hits the fan!

whatever that will be/has been implemented are for the goodness of west m’sian ppl, not for us who live on the trees.

Where’s the NAJIB 1MALAYSIA SPIRIT??? I can only see racist here. Father is Iban and Mother is Chinese. Their children should be Iban. Always follow father one ma. Her IC also registered as Iban what…duh~ complicated WM Gov are not for us.

1Malaysia should be applied to WM. They are the ones that should have the 1M attitude. Over at S’wak there’s no problem thought it’s a multi-racial country.
It really shows that WM are shallow minded. Living in a 3 race country (WM) is worst than living in a 20+ race country.
The ministry are seriously bullshits.
At least this case is being publish/shown. It’ll condemned the ministry. We know their weakness.
WM won’t give a damn on the situation here regardless of race or religion as long as WM gets the benefit.

At least she did her duty to score for the best result!

all the hardwork she did to have this scholarship is totally ruined by the GOV. Pity her.

1malaysai… najis talk ■■■■

Race discrimination…again and again… In this case, even the half non-bumiputra(with paternal parent being a bumiputra) has been discriminated …the discrimination against full non-bumiputra are even worst! fot more than half a century racial discrimination has been practiced in Malaysia -a practice which is both morally and religiously wrong!

Now someone mooted out 1Malaysia slogan…what Malaysia? Actions speak louder than words/slogans…

SATU MALAYSIA KONON !

1Malaysia?

More like [size=200]0.5Malaysia!!![/size]

[quote=“Geekguy”]1Malaysia?

More like [size=200]0.5Malaysia!!![/size][/quote]

Help you make it even better.

[size=150]0.5Malaysia, Rest of you go die!![/size]

There will be only 1 Malay SAI (■■■■)

undilah Barisan…

Err…this maybe too over-written. LOL :lol: :lol:

she should ask those iban YB for help.

what a pity country

Iban YB? LOL…

Iban YB? LOL…[/quote]

i second your LOL :stuck_out_tongue:

Iban YB? LOL…[/quote]

i second your LOL :P[/quote]

1 3rd your LOL * LMAO :smiley: :smiley:

sigh… the gov don wan us in the East to be too smart to start building bungalows! we are better off living on trees and having lifts on trees… :mrgreen:

that’s why this country is also called Boleh-land