Tuesday, October 18, 2016

S'wak natives claim BN yet to fulfil election promise on ICs

Zikri Kamarulzaman     Published     Updated

A group of Sarawak natives claims the BN government has yet to fulfil its promise made during the state elections five months ago, to give natives without birth certificates or identity cards, proper documents.

The four activists, led by Mujan Jok, said this after handing a memorandum to Miri MP Michael Teo, addressed to both opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

"During the elections, they promised to help with the IC issue, they managed to win over the people's hearts but after they won they were ungrateful," Mujan told reporters outside the Parliament lobby today.

She said during the election, BN had gathered those without birth certificates or ICs, to take down their details.
However, nothing has materialised from this.
Mujan, who had travelled over 3,000km from Baram in the interiors of Sarawak to the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur, said this is the second time she has had to send this memorandum.
She had previously sent a similar memorandum to Parliament on June 28, but received no response.

Mujan explained that for the people in the interiors of Sarawak, many opted to give birth in their villages, as travelling to clinics was difficult and expensive.

She estimated that up to 20,000 Sarawakians do not have proper documentation.

She hoped the government would consider the hardships they had to face and helped make things easier for this community.

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