Eric: No political will of government on
Kota Kinabalu, Nov 28, 2009: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy
President Datuk Eric Majimbun is amazed by sudden interest and strong
reaction of certain people when
it comes to determining an individual's bumi status and pressing for a
"Political leaders in the present government seem trying to
divert our attention to more serious and severe problems such as the
illegal immigrants numbering hundreds of thousands whom the federal
government granted citizenship with Mykad, better treatment, getting
government facilities free of charge, living on state government land and
"Worst of all, our rural as well as urban Sabahans have to compete with
these foreigners, so-called 'Malaysians', who are now sitting comfortably
inside the state administration, some as teachers and some perhaps are
engaged in the government enforcement departments.
"The incredible increase in Sabah's population of 10 percent yearly is
a heavy burden to shoulder compared to the national population growth of
only 3 percent and this is something we need to think about.
also seems that some political leaders are questioning the state law
especially CAP 64, of Interpretation (Definition of Native) Ordinance. Yet
the state government has no political will to amend the mentioned
ordinance, the issuance of native certificates since frozen in early 1984
has deprived the right of our genuine sons of soil as anak negeri of our
is a blow to the state government," said Majimbun. "The integrity of the
Native Court should be protected. It seems that some politicians are
questioning the law."
The Native Court system has in recent years also been increasingly denied
jurisdiction over matters that fall within the purview of the Syariah and
Civil Courts. The issue seems to be the district and native chiefs not
possessing even some basic legal background.
The administration of the Native Court system existed long before the
advent of British North Borneo Chartered Company and colonial rule. It was
recognized by the British Government. No advocate was allowed to represent
the respondents before the Native Court Enactment 1992. Since the 1992
Enactment, lawyers are allowed to represent their clients in the Native
Court of Appeal.