Dennis refutes rumours of 20,000 unregistered Orang Asal in Baram

Dennis (11th left) and Baram residents who have just applied for their identification documents.

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KUCHING: Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau said the National Registration Department (NRD) has so far carried out 12 operations in his constituency where 443 applications have been received.

Based on the number of applications received by the NRD, he refuted the rumours that there were 20,000 ‘Orang Asal’ (indigenous people) who have not been registered with the department.

“There are groups of people who have made wild allegations that there are 20,000 orang asal in Baram without identity cards.

“But looking at the number of applicants turning up at the special operations in Baram, the number is so small. It means that the claim is not true,” said Dennis who has been to most of the NRD’s special operations in his constituency.

Dennis told DayakDaily that NRD’s special operations (Pasukan Petugas Khas or PKK) has been ongoing since 2016 while since 2009, NRD has been providing mobile registration unit services in Baram.

The purpose of the NRD mobile registration unit is to register indigenous groups in the interior who have yet to apply for identification documents such as birth certificates and identity cards.

He said some interior residents only started to realise the importance of applying for these documents after they found out that without the documents, their children would not be able to attend school.

“I have asked for more operations to be carried out at identified locations to ensure that true Sarawakians in the interiors of Baram are registered and possess identification documents,” he said.