Kuala Lumpur: Tuaran MP Datuk Wilfred Bumburing claimed that Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak had been placed in the same category as thousands of illegal immigrants in Sabah, devoid of race distinction, as shown in official statistics and application forms as "yang lain-lain" (others).
Some were even humiliated by the term "second-class bumiputeras", he said, adding that this was the result of the ignorance of the officers concerned.
Citing an example, he said a Kadazandusun male by the name of Max was listed a second-class Bumiputera when he failed to produced his birth certificate while applying to invest in the ASB.
Speaking during a debate in support of the 2009 Budget in Parliament, in Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday, Bumburing, who is Upko Deputy President, also hoped that the status of marriages under the Native Court would be recognised by the National Registration Department.
He urged that the special assistance of three per cent accorded to Malaysians Indians be extended to Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak.
I reproduced this here as I found it was not carried in other newspapers that I read except in the Daily Express.