‘Re­port cases of Malaysians with­out iden­tity doc­u­ments’

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Matthew Um­pang re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCH­ING: Schools and com­mu­nity lead­ers through­out the state are re­quested to step for­ward and re­port cases of any­one they be­lieve to be Malaysians with­out birth cer­tifi­cates or iden­tity cards.

Ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Wel­fare, Women and Com­mu­nity Well­be­ing Datuk Fa­timah Ab­dul­lah, there is a spe­cial task­force team known as PPK vis­it­ing re­mote ar­eas through­out the state to find such per­sons, but the team can­not do it alone.

This is be­cause in order to help ver­ify the cit­i­zen­ship of a per­son with­out a Malaysian birth cer­tifi­cate or iden­tity card, one must seek help from his fam­ily and lo­cal com­mu­nity lead­ers in his place of birth.

PPK, a pro­gramme un­der the Sarawak Na­tional Regis­tra­tion De­part­ment, was cre­ated to help peo­ple, es­pe­cially in­dige­nous peo­ple of Sarawak, ver­ify their cit­i­zen­ship through elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives, fam­ily mem­bers and lo­cal com­mu­nity lead­ers who can ver­ify the per­son’s ge­neal­ogy.

“Ever since PPK was formed in 2015, the team has com­pleted 63 op­er­a­tions as of Dec 31, 2016. The team has han­dled 4,098 cases of which 2,885 ap­pli­ca­tions were ap­proved and 1,213 re­jected,” the min­is­ter said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held at her of­fice at Masja build­ing yes­ter­day.

Re­gard­ing re­jected ap­pli­ca­tions, she said there were a few rea­sons such as the ap­pli­cant from a neigh­bour­ing coun­try liv­ing near the bor­der; en­ter­ing the coun­try af­ter the formation of Malaysia; or hav­ing an iden­tity card is­sued by a for­eign coun­try.

Fa­timah also re­vealed that PPK has planned 50 op­er­a­tions to be car­ried out from Jan 25 this year.

For this month, PPK will be at Kam­pung Jan­gus, Lam­bir, De­wan Masyarakat Bekenu, RSC Long Latei, SK Ulu Pe­la­gus, Rumah Jan­git (at Jalan Igu, Tamin) and Simun­jan Com­mu­nity Hall.

The PPK pro­gramme runs from Sept 15, 2015 to Dec 31 this year.

Fa­timah said is­sues re­gard­ing Malaysian cit­i­zen­ship, es­pe­cially con­cern­ing in­dige­nous peo­ple, are reg­u­larly de­bated in the State Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly or Par­lia­ment.

It was a hot topic de­bated by the mass me­dia in the coun­try and high­lighted by a num­ber of non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs).

Datuk Fa­timah Ab­dul­lah

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