Tuaran: The State Government is in no hurry to lift the freeze on the issuance of Native Certificates to avoid a recurrence of abuses as witnessed prior to the freeze in 1982.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hj Hajiji Hj Noor said both the Government and the people must be rational and not emotional in this matter as the possible consequences could far-reaching.
"There must have been good reasons why the Berjaya Government froze it and the PBS Government did not lift it. "So any action we take must be after careful thought.
"Let us not be drastic," he added, after officiating the Umno Juara Rakyat cum Christmas celebration at Kampung Kapa near here.
Hajiji who is also Sabah Umno treasurer was asked to comment on a call by certain quarters for the freeze to be lifted. He explained that the BN government is a responsible government and before making any major decisions, a careful study is needed. "We do what we think is right for the people and not just because the Opposition says so," he pointed out.
He noted that in Sarawak, the State Government issues native certificate only to pure natives.
"In any case, it is not correct to say that we are depriving the rights of Sino-Natives or children of other mixed parents just because we have not lifted the freeze. "As I had announced quite sometime ago, those eligible seeking to buy native land or investing in ASB can always go to the State Bumiputra Affairs Office to get their status endorsed. "This stop-gap measure has benefited many half-natives.
"So far so good. No problem, what is the problem?," he asked.
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