INANAM – The Sino-Kadazansdusun Murut (KDM) are allowed to buy Native Title (NT) Land due to their ancestral background.
“Buying land is not a problem for Sino-KDM and they can buy NT land,” said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman at the Sino KadazanDusun Murut (KDM) association Chinese New Year Celebration held at its president Datuk Johnny Goh resident in Inanam, here today.
He said increased number of Sino-KDM in Sabah, due to intermarriages between Kadazandusun and murut to Chinese, deemed them eligible to be considered native of this land.
In Sabah, it is estimated that there are approximately 250, 000 individuals of Sino descent.
Musa also disclosed that he had a brief discussion with the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun on the Sino-KDM status in the National Registration Department. He said that the matter will be looked into.
Last month, a Sabah Ethnic and Sub-Ethnic Listing and Classification Workshop had concluded that 42 ethnic groups and more than 200 sub-ethnics groups lists will be handed to the federal government soon.
The race classification lists allowed members of indigenous communities to specify their ethnicity in the race column when filling out official forms.
The list would serve as a reference for the department when processing application for birth certificates and identity cards for Sabahans. It will also 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”.
Earlier the Sino-KDM association president Datuk Johnny Goh said that the Sino community has faced many challenges, especially losing their identity of their native descents, and classification as bumiputera.
“We had faced so many difficulties but the State Government has been very helpful in solving the Sino status problem,” he said.
At the event, Musa handed an allocation of RM100, 000 to the Sabah Sino KDM Association to ensure the success of their programmes in order to safeguard the interests of its members and the people of Sino descent in the State. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah