Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sabah native lost I.C., and given PR Status


78-year-old Sino-Kadazan woman Yong Lee Hua @ Piang Lin lost her identity card (IC) on Feb 12 and made an application for a replacement.

NRD issued her a red identity card and asked her to apply for citizenship again.

She was issued a red IC as replacement of her citizenship, with NRD officials saying that it was normal procedure.

Her nightmare began when she lost her IC at a Supermarket at Penampang Baru on Feb. 12. On the same day, she lodged a police report and subsequently on Feb 26, applied for a replacement IC at the NRD office in Donggongon.

After several months, she went and collected her replacement IC at the NRD office and was given a red IC. She asked the officer why it was red and the lady officer said for senior citizens who lost their IC, the department normally replaced them with red ICs. She didn't find anything amiss with the officer's explanation until she reached home when her children said red ICs were issued to people with Permanent Resident status.

With the help of her children, they brought the matter up with the NRD together with supporting documents such as her Native Certificate that was issued by the Native Court on Sept 24, 1963, bank books and passport.

The NRD officer admitted there could have been an error but instead of rectifying it, Yong was asked to "apply for Malaysian citizenship" which she duly complied by submitting an application form to the office on July 2, last year.

Her problem did not end there because soon after, her bank accounts at Amanah Saham Nasional and Alliance Bank were frozen making her unable to withdraw money for her daily expenses.

Fluent in Kadazan and Chinese, the mother of seven sons and one daughter can no longer travel outside the country as she could not renew her expired passport.

Strangely, she was allowed to cast her vote at Peak Nam Thong Kindergarten during the recent Mar 8 general elections using her driving licence as identity document since her record in the polling list was still intact.

But her identification records at the Immigration Department, however, had completely "disappeared".

This action by the NRD clearly and intentionally infringes on the basic rights of Malaysians in Sabah.

"How can this happen to a Malaysian citizen who was born here and holding a Native Certificate to prove her citizenship," Upko Deputy President Datuk Seri Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing said.

"If the department had purposely committed the atrocious act, they must undo its gross mistake," he said.

"Illegal immigrants can easily acquire MyKads that subsequently enable them to purchase Native Title (NT) lands.

"What is happening with the NRD? This is totally unacceptable. And if this is the tip of the iceberg, I'm afraid we cannot guarantee protection to the genuine citizens," he said.

He said if the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government is not willing to look into this matter as well as into how illegal immigrants could mysteriously acquire Malaysian Identity Cards, Upko will take up the matter and fight for the people.

"If the NRD or government has no satisfactory answer, I strongly urge Upko to seriously review its position in the BN because an identification document is a very important matter as it shows their sense of belonging."

Bumburing said if the NRD is unable to handle Yong's case, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar must intervene.

If this can happen to her, it can happen to anybody (Malaysians)," Resource Development and Information Technology Assistant Minister, Donald Peter Mojuntin said.

Source: Daily Express: Illegals gain citizenship; Sabahans lose theirs' and The Star

13 comments:

TAI-CHOON-TOI said...

These Sabahan Leaders, like Donald Peter Mojuntin, are either daft and dumb or what?

This case is nothing new, yet whole Malaysians knows that Sabahan as state has been not equally treated by the BN Gomen since the day it entered Malaysia.

Probably, Orang Utan from Sepilok would make better Leaders for Sabahan.

Anonymous said...

Aiyah,ini sudah biasa la,we dun simply give Malaysia Bole name for nothing.

Anonymous said...

pairins, dompoks, donalds..these are the greedy leaders that continue to work hand in glove with the corrupt BN to deprive of their own people. Please, for goodness sake, pairins, dompoks, donalds, dont talk to me about God, about fairness, about equality. You all are the source of misery for the ordinary people in Sabah.

denzook said...

ini satu projek kerajaan malaysia.....

i wouldn't be surprise if that botak will tell off the assistant minister "mind your own business (department)".....

Maverick SM said...

Tai-Choon-Toi,

It's a price the Sabahans have to pay.

Denzook,

I expect that botak to tell all others to mind their own business as he has a business.

Anonymous said...

This is very common. So what. You live in Malaysia, you have to accept the very stupidity of some of the civil servant.

There are very long list of it. Expect more and more of those unfit civil servant injected to every department because of ketuanan Melayu.

There is one and only answer to solve the problem. SACK SACK SACK those that never perform, lazy, highly corrupted, wasting tax money and those never admitting their wrong.

We don't care how they "makan gaji buta".

We care when the standard of our Nation drop from respected country to became pariah country. Wouldn't you care too?

From: Malakai titiko.

denzook said...

"..you have to accept the very stupidity of some of the civil servant. "

stupidity is one thing. with few keystrokes, one could dismiss citizenship is something dread to think of! who knows if this is actually a sinister orchestrated to achieve some certain organization goal, you know wat i mean....

better watch your mykad else our botak minister would say those ppl reckless with their ic ought to be deserved stripped of the citizenship.....

moo_t said...

Apparently, NRD don't know WTF they are doing, they think they can easily cover the track.

Unless Bolehland NRD IT system gone SNAFU, digital trails are NEVER EASY to be erased and cover up, contradict to many Joe Public perception on many Hollywood movies.

Unless somebody magnetically bomb the NRD backup system, archival media can always used as forensic for missing records.

Honestly, I find Malaysia media are getting stupid by days. They failed to inform,analyst and educate Joe public on most incident and blatantly print out "news" with empty contents.

Anonymous said...

Last month the 22 year old Indian girl jailed as an illegal immigrant for not having her NRIC was released but the blame fell on her, not the immigration dept

Purple Haze said...

moo_t has a good point.

NRD should have the records digitally and thus, should not be an issue.

denzook said...

"Unless Bolehland NRD IT system gone SNAFU, digital trails are NEVER EASY to be erased and cover up, contradict to many Joe Public perception on many Hollywood movies."

ever heard about recent mongolian murder trial case ......... if someone to "intentionally" delete, it's unstoppable...

artchan said...

NRD has the digital info..maybe the poor lady got no cash..to grease the palms.

Maverick SM said...

Malakai titiko,

I don't think you have constructively analyze the issue and being rational about it.

Denzook,

I have lost my MYKad and I got replacement immediately. The information is digitised. I do not understand the issue in Sabah. I think there is more than meet the eyes.

Moo_t,

I disagree. I have been to NRD to seek replacement for my ID. I got a new one without hassle.

Purple Haze,

NRD have the records digitised. I am not sure about Sabah but I think it should be the same.

Artchan,

Maybe you are right.