Last week, odd-job worker P. Ragu travelled with his family from Johor to Perak to seek the help of the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah to get him a MyKad, after having to use temporary identification papers since 1998.

Ragu, an abandoned child, had been issued with a green identity card in 2002, indicating that he was a temporary resident of Malaysia.He was abandoned by his parents in Parit Buntar and had been under the Social Welfare Department’s care until he was 16. His card, however, was revoked when the ministry stopped issuing them in 2004, depriving him of the ability to secure proper employment to support his family.


MIC President Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu said the party had prepared a detailed report on it to be presented to the Cabinet Committee on Indian Community Development, which is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said that the party, through the MIC-owned Social Strategic Foundation, had helped to obtain citizenship for 200 stateless Malaysians between 1999 and 2008.

MIC secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam has estimated that at least 20,000 Malaysian Indians were still without identification papers.
He said that this could just be the tip of the iceberg.“This problem has lingered on for too long and it seems there are no serious efforts being taken to solve it.“If the problem lies with the system or the bureaucracy, then change the system or simplify the procedures. Don’t trouble the people so much,” he said.
He suggested that the NRD hired more officials who could speak the local dialects to help locals get registered.

MIC Youth chief T. Mohan had suggested that the NRD set up a special unit to cut red tape to process the applications of stateless people in the country as without the documents they were deprived of proper education and jobs, and subjected to the threat of deportation.


The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) wants the Government to set up a special task force to look into the growing problem of ‘stateless’ Malaysians.
Commissioner Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam said the task force must specifically look into the core problem and others, like documentation, and to solve them.
He said the issue needed to be addressed urgently.


The National Registration Department (NRD) will go on a nationwide search to register “stateless” persons.
“I will follow the order of the minister to go to certain areas in all the states to help the stateless people,” said NRD director-general Datuk Mohd Abdul Halim Muhamad.
On Thursday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar told the department to check the situation of stateless people and give them identity cards.


Anonymous said...

what a joke..after 50 yres MIC going after stateless Indians go Jonny go...