Sabah demand registration ordinance power to issue identification documents

Jalumin (left) and Paul (center) during the Dayak TGM.

By HENRY BATING

KOTA KINABALU: The Tri-Annual General Meeting of the Dayak National Congress (DNC) in Kuching two days ago agreed to ask the Federal Government to return the powers of the Birth and Death Registration Ordinance to Sabah and Sarawak.

Jalumin Bayogoh, who was elected DNC vice-president, said the resolution was in line with autonomy under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) which was also related to the amendment to the Federal Constitution last year.

“The devolution of power is part of the method of solving the problem of undocumented indigenous people and foreigners in Sabah,” he said, who is also the Information Chief of the Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) Sabah.

Jalumin stressed that the devolution of the registration ordinance could play a significant role in the collection of data on foreigners which has been entrusted to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey G Kitingan.

According to Jalumin, he agreed with DNC President Paul Raja who stated that the devolution of registration power was more humane, favourable, and more understanding of our local problems together with the will to resolve the same.

Furthermore, Jalumin who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Rural Development Corporation (KPD) voiced the aspirations of the STAR leadership who demanded that Sabah be given the authority to issue Identity Cards under the ministry in the state.

Jalumin explained that without the registration authority, the data and various recommendations produced by a committee could not achieve the goal because the settlement decision will be determined by the Federation.

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