Monday, December 13, 2010

The Case of 6 Sarawakians

On Wednesday (i.e. December 08), Mathew Varughese represented us (the HICT group that launched the HELP for Haiti Fund) and handed over two checks to UNICEF – the culmination of all our efforts to help Haitians. Good job, everybody! (Note: Arun, Edric and myself have since left HICT).

Another case of ‘mistaken identity’ involving ‘race’ surfaced in Sarawak. Baru Bian, the Sarawak PKR chief had highlighted the plight of six Orang Ulu and Iban parents from a school in Miri, whose children were classified as Malays in their report cards. The reclassification raised the fears of the parents over their children’s religious future under the Federal Constitution. Article 160 of the Federal Constitution defines Malay as “a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language and conforms to Malay custom”.

According to a copy of one of the student’s report card sent by Bian, an 11 year old boy of Kelabit and Lun Bawang parentage was classified as Malay by the school.

And of course, UMNO’s lackey, Wee Ka Siong (Deputy Education Minister) had blamed the National Registration Department (NRD) over the error. It’s so convenient to blame the civil servants, is it not? Wee had also reportedly said that the report card is not an official document – meaning, it’s no big deal lah!

Another horrendous defeat for Liverpool when Newcastle punished the Reds 3-1. Needless to say, the Reds produced a wretched performance.

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