Technically they are not Malaysian, even though they were born and raised on Malaysian soil/water. The Malaysian government doesn't recognize them as citizen. So are the other two neighboring governments.
With no citizenship, they therefore have no education, medical and employment benefits, making them totally hopeless on land.
Just like their fathers, grandfathers and forefathers,these young Sea Bajaus will continue living off and living on the sea.
Copy from : Trekearth.com by Rabani HMA