I recently changed my birth certificate to the green A4 computerized paper. I was surprised that it is different to what we registered for Adam back in October 2008. Adam's was B5 white computerized paper. For Adam, all the fields are similar to our old handwriting birth certificate except the IC number has already provided.
What is the different with the new green birth certificate and the old one, there is a field called child race. (Bangsa Anak). So for mine it is Melayu. If you notice only father's and mother's race is mentioned in the old birth certificate. This time the child race also will be define. So what will be our children, we have option to select our race. Either Melayu or European, yes European. In Adam's birth certificate, J's race is Caucasion. But because of new policy changed in our next kid birth certificate, it will be written as European for J's race, and Melayu for me. Obviously. Why European? Who ever are white, no matter they are from America, Europe, South Africa or Australia will be European. I don't know about other, I know if African-American in US will be written as Africa. So Japanese, Korean or Singaporean or Indonesian, what will be written? I don't have a clue.
We both have to be careful to make sure when we register our kids that they are all the same. Why? What if I register Adam Melayu, and the next one European, then they will ask why they are different...Anyway I haven't changed Adam's yet to the green one... We talked and we didn't see any different for registering them as European... It is Malaysia birth certificate, so I think the best is to register them as Melayu... Although they will have fair skin, pungkok tetap hitam. One day, J asked me why Adam's buttock is having bruise... I told him not bruiselah, he is Melayu!!
And on top of that to add the Malay % population... instead of DLL... :-) Funny isn't it the process?