The controversy involving Sarawak’s bumiputras of mixed parentage has been resolved with the Cabinet making an administrative ruling on Friday that they are to be recognised as bumiputra.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) senior vice-president Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said the ruling was agreed upon at the Cabinet meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
He said the Cabinet had decided to use the administrative ruling in the case of Marina Undau, who is of Iban-Chinese parentage, adding that those in similar situations were also considered bumiputra.
“This has been agreed upon by the Cabinet and administratively implemented. All the ministries have been informed of the decision,” he told reporters after inspecting river cleaning projects here on Saturday.
Born to an Iban father and a Chinese mother, Marina, from Sri Aman, scored 9As and 1B in the SPM exam last year.
However, she was unable to further her pre-university matriculation course under the bumiputra category as she was considered non-bumiputra by virtue of her mixed parentage.
Douglas, who is also the Natural Resources and Environment Minister, urged children of mixed parentage facing similar problems to approach him and two other federal ministers from Sarawak – Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala. — Bernama