KOTA KINABALU: The Rungus Association Sabah (SAMORA) appreciate the recognition as an ethnic group by itself and not as a sub-ethnic group.
Its President Dato’ Jelani Hamdan said the Rungus deserved this recognition as it has its own tradition, language and unique identity.
According to him, the Rungus numbered 150,000 but those registered are less than 100,000 due to identity confusion, where many have chosen Kadazan as their ethnicity.
“If half of the people do this it can be a great loss to the Rungus,” he said in a statement, in respond to the news article that full ethnic recognition had been accorded to Tatana, Rungus, Lundayeh and Sukang among others.
He also said that the decrease of Rungus ethnicity can result in their inability to get a slot for that language on Radio as the criteria is for not less than 100,000 people.
According to him, that is just an example and there can be other issues that can effect them.
“As President of SAMORA. I propose for the ethnicity to be recognised and entered in the National Registration Department (NRD). I also believe that the recognition of Rungus as an ethnic group is not segregating from the Kadazan or Dusun group,” he said, adding that Momogun (original people) should be promoted as a Race with Rungus, Kimaragang, Tobilung , Kadazan, Dusun and other ethnic groups under its umbrella. -Sayangsabah