NRD told to set up
mobile task force
TAWAU: Tawau MP Datuk Chua Soon
Bui urged the National Registration Department to set up a mobile task
force on the plight of genuine Malaysians, particularly Sabahans in rural
areas seeking proper identification papers.
These documents could greatly help
them exercise their rights as Malaysians, she said, during a recent visit
to Kampung Ranggu.
She regretted reports of some
families having to travel all the way to Kota Kinabalu to obtain the
proper documentation, which is not only costly but time consuming.
"This is not practical for them as
they are mostly poor families and travelling to Kota Kinabalu is a costly
affair for them," she said while conducting a survey on the number of
hardcore poor families in the village.
She expressed optimism that the
newly appointed Sabah NRD Director, being a Sabahan, would be able to
understand the situation and take the necessary measures to assist them.
"There is also a need to bring
translators as there are a number of the older generation who could only
speak their native dialect, such as Murut individuals," she said.
Citing an example, she described
the dilemma faced by one Zakariah Mariano, a Kadazan man living in Ranggu
village with his wife of Murut race. Chua said they used to live at Sungai
Burung but their home was burnt down by fire resulting in the destruction
of their identification documents.
Chua added that their five
children, with the oldest being 12, face hardship at being deprived of the
privileges given to Malaysian children as none of them possessed birth
certificates and being deprived from obtaining education. She also said
that this was just the tip of an iceberg.