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Kuala Lumpur: Tuaran MP Datuk Wilfred Bumburing claimed that Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak had been placed in the same category as thousands of illegal immigrants in Sabah, devoid of race distinction, as shown in official statistics and application forms as "yang lain-lain" (others). Some were even humiliated by the term "second-class bumiputeras", he said, adding that this was the result of the ignorance of the officers concerned. Citing an example, he said a Kadazandusun male by the name of Max was listed a second-class Bumiputera when he failed to produced his birth certificate while applying to invest in the ASB.
Speaking during a debate in support of the 2009 Budget in Parliament, in Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday, Bumburing, who is Upko Deputy President, also hoped that the status of marriages under the Native Court would be recognised by the National Registration Department.
He urged that the special assistance of three per cent accorded to Malaysians Indians be extended to Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak.
Bumburing also pointed out the recent fuel price hikes had greatly reduced the purchasing power of the people, making those in the hardcore poor category even poorer, due to the accompanying hikes in prices of essential goods. Since the fuel hikes, studies showed that the prices of 62 sundry items, including controlled items, as well as fish, beef and greens, had risen in tandem with the increased in prices of gas cylinders (17pc) and kerosene (280pc), thereby making the people even poorer. Hence the need to re-assess the situation under the actual rate of inflation faced in the country.
Having noted that the State Government had fixed the monthly earning of RM520 as below the poverty line in rural areas and RM880 for urban areas, while relative poverty was rated at RM960 in the rural areas and RM1,500 in urban areas, he said the Government would need to consider streamlining these figures for the rural areas as they do not enjoy the same facilities enjoyed by the urbanites, he said. Bumburing pointed out that the average person would now need to spend RM1,390 a month on expenditures, based on expenses on petrol (RM280), food (RM700), utilities (RM130) and children (RM280) following the fuel price hikes. Previously, similar expenditure was RM1,000, as the expenses for petrol was RM200, food (RM500), utilities (RM100) and children RM200. These showed that drastic reduction in purchasing power, making the people even poorer, he said. The situation is further aggravated by the falling prices of rubber and palm oil, he added.
What the heck?!!! MP Tuaran ni baru keluar dari hutan, sebenarnya.. sesat selepas kerajaan PBS tumbang oleh tangan ghaib Anwar Ibrahim pada suatu masa dahulu. Jadi, bila sudah jumpa jalan pulang..beliau masih lagi dalam keadaan `shock' yang teramat sangat, buatlah statement yang bercelaru macam otak beliau masa ini....
Kalau benar dakwaan yang beliau buat tu..hairan juga, kenapa dia boleh jadi MP, kalau illegal mana boleh jadi MP..ataupun beliau perasan yang beliau bukan Bumiputra Sabah...kalau bukan, beliau ni dalam suku kaum apa??? Ini tentu masih dalam pengaruh montoku ni, campur lagi bahar dan lihing...terus perasan jadi orang putih sasat!!
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