All stateless children in Kedah now allowed to enrol in govt schools

Source: NST Online

CHANGLUN 01 JANUARY 2017. Tan Yao Chun, 7, anak kepada pasangan warganegara Malaysia dan Myanmar yang lahir di selatan Thailand hanya mampu melihat rakannya memulakan sesi persekolahan di Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina, Changlun kerana tidak mendaftar sijil kelahiran di Malaysia. NSTP/AZHAR RAMLI

CHANGLUN 01 JANUARY 2017. Tan Yao Chun, 7, anak kepada pasangan warganegara Malaysia dan Myanmar yang lahir di selatan Thailand hanya mampu melihat rakannya memulakan sesi persekolahan di Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina, Changlun kerana tidak mendaftar sijil kelahiran di Malaysia. NSTP/AZHAR RAMLI

SIK: All stateless children in Kedah, aged seven and above, will be allowed to enrol in public schools in the state.

Announcing this today, Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said state Education Committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zin will be holding a briefing session with all district education offices (PPDs) in the state on the matter soon.

The decision came one day after the New Straits Times had highlighted the plight of seven-year-old Tan Yao Chun from Changlun, who was unable to attend school as his Malaysian father did not register his birth with the Malaysian embassy in Thailand.

Ahmad Bashah said the boy’s predicament was discussed in the state executive council meeting today.

“We were informed by Tajul during the meeting that the Education Ministry has given its permission for stateless children to be accepted in all public schools, and that he will be calling all the PPDs to brief them on this matter soon,” he told a press conference here today. Read more

Reinstate deleted land code clause to end NCR dilemma, Sarawak CM told

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Jan 4 — Tan Sri Adenan Satem can appease Dayak concern over their native customary rights (NCR) by bringing back Section 5(2)(f) of the Sarawak Land Code that was removed 17 years ago, a local party said today.

Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS Baru) president Cobbold John Lusoi suggested for the Sarawak chief minister to table a new Bill in the state legislative assembly to reinstate the clause deleted in 2000 when the Land Code was amended.

“If Adenan is serious about finding a solution, he should table a Bill to reinstate the section in the coming session of the state assembly,” he told Malay Mail Online. Read more