Saban woman and man. They are mostly found in the interior, northern part of Sarawak.

Saban woman and man. They are mostly found in the interior, northern part of Sarawak.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz said obscure minority ethnic group living in the interior of Sarawak known as “Saban” to be given Malaysian citizenship status.

Numbered approximately between 5,000 to 10,000 – the Sabans have been left out of Sarawak government’s official citizenship list.

According to a news report, Nazri said he had learned about the plight of the Sabans, most of whom are living in rural northern Sarawak, at the start of his four-day official visit to Sarawak in Miri today.

Nazri said he would meet with Sarawak leaders and seek their cooperation to solve the woes faced by these minority folk.

“I will speak with Datuk Seri Awang Tengah (State Minister of Public Utilities and State Second Minister of Planning and Resources Management) and inform him of the problem,” he said.

“This ethnic group can be recognised as citizens once the state government includes them by making some amendments to the state constitution. There is no need for the Federal Constitution to be amended.

“This is a problem confined to Sarawak. It is not widespread and can be dealt with,” he said after visiting the court complex with a delegation of senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Department.