KOTA KINABALU -The Sabah Ethnic and Sub-Ethnic Listing and Classification Workshop has concluded that 42 ethnic groups and more than 200 sub-ethnics groups lists will be handed to the federal government soon.
In the closing ceremony of the workshop, Minister of Tourism, Cultural and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun said the list will be tabled and be endorsed by the state Cabinet on February 18 before being handed to the National Registration Department to be gazetted.
The race classification lists will allow the members of indigenous communities to specify their ethnicity in the race column when filling out official forms.
“This will enable the people state their ethnic group in the column. If there is any doubt the personnel at the National Registration Department can refer to the list,” he disclosed to the media after the closing ceremony of the workshop.
The list would serve as a reference for the department when processing application for birth certificates and identity cards for Sabahans. It will assist the authorities in their data collection efforts by specifying their race in official government forms.
Currently, the race column in official forms only specified Malay, Chinese, Indian and “Lain-Lain”.
Masidi also suggested that the workshop be continued once every two years to update the list.
“We want everyone have ample time to give their input on this matter,” he said. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah