|TIDUNGS ARE BUMIS AND NOT INDONESIANS|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 19 May 2012 16:08|
TAWAU: The Sabah Tidung Welfare and Cultural Community Association (Pertisa) on Thursday hoped the latest news regarding its application for bumiputera status would resolve the community's problems.
Its Deputy President, Dr Jefry Japar, said the Tidungs' bumiputera status, in principle, has already been accepted by the Federal Government.
With the Bumiputera status, the issue of students of Tidung ethnicity entering Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) would be resolved automatically.
"Pertisa hopes that after this, there would be no more discrimination towards the Tidung ethnic group because its culture and religion is under the Malay group," he said.
The Tidungs, he said, are not Indonesians like what the National Registration Department (NRD) has labeled them.
Because of this, many Tidung students were unable to enter or continue their studies at UiTM, he said.
"Three years ago, many Tidung students studying in UiTM were discharged from school. This is a great loss," he said.
Jefry said the Tidungs have been accepted as one of the bumiputeras in Sabah but that this is not so at Federal level because of incorrect information.
Recently, Assistant Finance Minister, Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan said the Tidung community in the State should not feel restless about their status because not only are they bumiputera, they are natives of Sabah.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 19 May 2012 16:09|