Drop in number of forms needing race info

Source: The SunDaily

KUALA LUMPUR: Only 198 of 346 government official forms retained the space on racial identity, revealed a survey by the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu) in 2011.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun said racial identity information is still required in several government official forms because they involve legal aspects and certain requirements, the Dewan Rakyat was told.

He said the space on identity information in some government forms was maintained because of the requirements under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution and certain laws.

“Efforts to drop the race column in official government forms has been initiated since 2009.

“The cabinet meeting on July 29, 2009, agreed that forms used by the government, except MyKad and certain government documents, be reviewed by government agencies to drop the unnecessary identity information,” he told the Dewan Rakyat today in response to a supplementary question posed by Dr Mansor Abdul Rahman (BN – Sik). Read more

No more ‘lain-lain’ category for Sabah ethnics

Source: The SunDaily

KOTA KINABALU: The Cabinet has agreed to a recommendation by the Technical Committee on Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputera Minorities to reclassify Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputera in race columns in official government forms.

The technical committee is co-chaired by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili and Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas to address the unhappiness of Bumiputera/indigenous communities in the two states who felt they were sidelined when labelled as ‘others’ (lain-lain) in the forms.

“The Sabah natives also want to be classified separately from other Bumiputera since their races are defined separately in the Federal Constitution and state constitution.

For Sabah ethnic groups, there will be no more ‘lain-lain’ category,” Dr Maximus said in a statement here yesterday. – Bernama