Could this be happening to Sarawak too? This Malaysiakini report though ‘Cosmetic changes at Sabah NRD ” http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/91009 Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar publicly axed the Sabah National Registration Department Director, Abdul Rahman Mohd Nor, yesterday and brought in Papar-born Abdul Jaffear Henry. Todays local tabloid echoed by Party Rakyat Sarawak President Dato Sri James Masing headlined,”Birth certicates: Why the hassle?” is an eye-opener and he has made a “valid point.”
Who knows the State better than One of their Own? When the NRD Sabah Directors posts was given to a local born many in the political fraternity were delighted. An UMNO Penaja executive committee member said that he concurs with James saying that,”As long,as they are born in Malaysia,they should be given the birth certificate.”
According to the federal constitution, citizens by registration are those born locally or abroad of Malaysian citizens who obtained their citizenship by naturalization. It is a fact too that children born locally of registered citizens become citizens by operation of law. In Malaysia, citizens who had to otherwise register themselves as citizens, need no longer do so after Malaysia Day on 16 Sept 1963.
James was highlighting to the department that”NRD must do it once and for all to settle this problem by giving the proper documents.He also called on the department to send its “MOBILE” team to the various Penan settlements to help with the processing of their applications for birth certificates and identity cards. He finds it strange however that the NRD was finding it hard to do their part. We ask,”Does it take a Minister to highlight this teething problem before actions are implemented and carried out?” Isn’t there any programme by the department task force? Is the director familiar with the landscape and geographical terrain of the State of Sarawak?
The Sabah issue of the NRD which was carried by the Malaysiakini report had stated that UPKO President and Minister in Prime Ministers department has openly said that the government should not be in denial about the incompetence of the State NRD, various abuses there and its lack of transparency. It takes a Minister to rock the institution and if no presurres are applied the civil servants who sits in this “HIGH THRONES” are not focus on their,’so called job-descriptions”
By the way, I wonder whether some of them in this departments know what is a birth certicate? I am not trying to question their intelligence but sometimes we as human beings needs to be REMINDED. A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. The original purpose of birth registration was for tax purposes and for the determination of available military manpower. Most countries have statutes and laws that regulate the registration of births.
The actual record of birth is stored with a government agency. That agency will issue certified copies or representations of the original birth record upon request, which can be used to apply for government benefits, such as passports. The certification is signed and/or sealed by the registrar or other custodian of birth records, who is commissioned by the government. So is this department important..? Of course it is as the children who are born will contribute to the human capital of the country and the progress of the nation in time to come. So when Masing said that anyone born in Malaysia must not be deprived of proper documents I totally agree as most people would do too. Human capital is of absolute importance to the country and it contributes to the well being of Malaysia as a nation.
On another note which was highlighted was the issue of the “Unfulfilled Personal Pledges” of RM5 Million towards the Bakun Trust fund which was highlighted by the local tabloid. A telephone call was made to the legal advisor of PKR Sarawak See Chee How and he says that ,”any pledges or promises should be kept as it deprives the students the benefits of using this money to pursue their education. RM5 million which was promised 10 years ago today with interests should be about RM20 million or thereabouts.” Who knows even one of the students should have qualified by know and become the “NEW DIRECTOR OF SARAWAK NRD”.
James said that the RM10 million that the State and Federal contribution had so far reached out to more than 1500 recipients and they have received their diplomas,degree and certificate education. he even said that not only Penans benefit but also Orang Ulu,Chinese and Malay from Belaga and the requirement is as long as they fulfill the academic requirements and they would be granted scholarships. The promise by the party he said was made before the former Prime Minister Tun Dr.Mahathir and in front of Sarawak Chief Minister Pehin Taib. We say wouldn’t the RM5 million look after the scholarship of at least another 750 potential future leaders of Sarawak be it in the corporate and government sectors..?
To my friend Stephan George whose issue appeared in the NST and also was highlighted in the Malaysiakini portal as Malaysian citizen with red IC ref. 12071011-20080227-114402 ‘don’t worry you are not alone,as there are many out there also wanting their rights.” Imagine his father tried since 1975 to register his Malaysian citizenship to no avail. Same excuses “under process”for 33 years is a bit too long but the issue highlighted by James Masing would be of a great assistance to many who have suffered this predicament.
I remember an instance 6 years ago when i brought my father to the NRD department in Kuching at Simpang Tiga. They say whats in a name? My late grandfathers name is William Chua Tamby on the IC,my dads name has also Joseph Chua Tamby on his IC but when I tried to add in mine there were problems. The NRD officer then, made hell a lot of excuses and I lost my cool. But who am I to create a scenario then..?
What I am saying is that,” Does our civil service needs to be pushed by the YBs or Ministers? All these problems can be solved by the departments concerned and not through a higher authority. Malaysians problems should not be greater than what it is. A Malaysian is a MALAYSIAN and there should not be any QUESTIONS. FULL STOP………………