Federal Civil Service Department (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam) did not recognize the natives of East Malaysia in their application form. The Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak are grouped as ‘Others’.
Natives of Sabah and Sarawak are literally branded by JPA as "Bumiputeras Lain Lain" or "BuLL". What an insult by JPA. Natives of Sabah and Sarawak are also Malaysian.
In any application form, one does not need to specify one race. When looking for job for example, regardless you are a Malay, Chinese, Indian or Native, you are basically a Malaysian looking for job.
The race category is use by JPA to maintain the racial quota in the administration of the government. A special quota for the Malay and the JPA will fulfill the job quota regardless the job applicant is a smart Malay or a non-competent Malay. In other part of the world, only the qualified and competent applicant will get the job.
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Extracted from: theborneopost.com/?p=34183 (Apr 18, 2008)
We are all Malaysians: Suhakam
By Sandra Sokial
No need to have four boxes on job application form to specify one’s race, says commission
KOTA KINABALU: There is no need to have four boxes on the job application form to specify one’s race.
“Why not just one box and let the applicant decide whether she or he wants to put what his or her race is.
“After all, we are all Malaysians, and that is what counts most,” stressed Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) vice-president Tan Sri Simon Sipaun.
The former State Secretary also told The Borneo Post recently that instead of emphasising on differences, it would be better to give priority to similarities.
“And that is being Malaysians. It is regardless of what your race is as long as you are able to perform well in your work.
“This is especially important when promoting national unity…there should be no race differences to be a Malaysian,” he said.
Sipaun was commenting on a statement by United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) deputy president Datuk Wilfred Bumburing that the Federal Civil Service Department (JPA) did not recognise the natives in East Malaysian states.
He said the JPA’s application form, whether via Internet or hard copy, would have a section where an applicant would be required to enter his or her race, and only four racial categories were provided – Malay, Chinese, Indian and Others.
“The Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak are grouped as ‘Others’, and it is as though the natives are not recognised and do not exist on earth,” he said, calling for similar recognition from JPA, although the natives only represented nine per cent of Malaysia’s overall population.
Bumburing said Sabah and Sarawak had contributed 54 parliamentary seats to Barisan Nasional in the March 8 polls and hoped that their voices would be heard in Parliament.
Sipaun, on the other hand, asked whether the JPA recognised the natives or otherwise is not for him to comment.
“It is for them (JPA) to answer on the part whether the natives are recognised or otherwise. But, if I have my way, I will not ask for the race as we are all Malaysians.
“Speaking as an indigenous person, I would feel like an outcast when filling up the application form as I am just under the ‘Others’ group because I am not a Malay or Chinese or Indian.
“Why can’t we only have one box instead of four boxes? It would put a stop to all racial differences and in a way, better promote national unity,” he added.