MCA Civil Society Movement urges Govt to amend Federal Constitution to enable Natives to enjoy Bumiputra status

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  • Saturday, 02 Feb 2019

Why Would the Orang Asli Be Interested In PAS-UMNO Cooperation? MCA Civil Society Movement Bureau urges the Government amend Federal Constitution enable the Natives of Peninsular to enjoy Bumiputra Status

Recently there were some leaders from Democratic Action Party (DAP) and UMNO attributing the cooperation between UMNO and PAS for the BN’s victory in Cameron Highlands’ by-election. However, MCA Civil Society Movement Bureau is of the view that such analysis is not comprehensive and objective especially to place the 22% Orang Asli voters with the 34% Malay voters under the same category or race.

The Bureau Chief, Ng Kian Nam (pic) emphasizes that there are fundamental differences in the traits and backgrounds between the Orang Asli and the Malay voters. Until today, the former is still yet to enjoy the Bumiputra status provided by Federal Constitution. Most of them are even not Muslim, and often being marginalized by the national mainstream development. 

Therefore, he urges such DAP or UMNO leaders to explain, on what basis would the Orang Asli voters be interested on the cooperation between UMNO and PAS, when majority of them are in fact non-Muslims or non-Bumiputra? 

In the contrary, Ng opines that the main reason for the Barisan Nasional’s success in obtaining about 75% natives’ support in this by-election, is due to the wise and moderate move by the coalition to historically nominate an Orang Asli’s candidate to contest and hence received the strong mandate from the local Orang Asli voters. In this aspect, Ng urges the public to view the results of the Cameron Highlands’ by-election with more moderate, open minded and wider perspective, especially to pay more attention to the minority’s rights in Malaysia.

Apart of that, the Bureau also found that there are still a lot of inadequacies and ambiguities in the current Aboriginal Peoples Act 1954. As such, Ng urges the Government to amend Article 153 and Article 160 of the Federal Constitution in order to allow the Orang Asli in Peninsular to enjoy the same status and privileges as if the Malays in Peninsular and the natives in East Malaysia.

At the same time, MCA Civil Society Movement Bureau urges the Election Commission and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to release their investigation reports in respect of those controversial complaints received by them during the campaign of the by-election. These complaints include a series of suspected bribery actions conducted by the Pakatan Harapan leaders or representative by distributing petrol allowances to the volunteers, threatening the Orang Asli village chief, misuse of public resources by the Minister and others. 

Taking the recent Tribunal probe against the Election Commission for example, it has been emphasized that the relevant authorities shall continue to take strict and further actions on various complaints despite the outcome of the election has been concluded. Such act is crucial to proof the determination of the said Authorities in reforming and creating a transparent and clean electoral system.

MCA Civil Society Movement Bureau Chief 

Ng Kian Nam

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