Friday, December 14, 2012

Stateless Rally for MyKad

On Wednesday, outside the National Registration Department (NRD) headquarters in Putrajaya, some 500 protesters held a loud rally demanding their rights as citizens. Faced with the boisterous demand of the local-born stateless people at their doorstep, NRD director-general Jariah Mohd Said met with PKR reps who had organized and led the demo and then later relented to set up three mobile counters to process the applications of these stateless persons. PKR’s Surendran stressed that the NRD should give them “late application” forms for their MyKad, and not application forms for citizenship.

As Surendran explained “All of us here were born in Malaysia and we are Malaysian citizens. By right we should get the IC application form". He has a valid point!

Most of the stateless in peninsular Malaysia are of Indian origin – this is where the MIC must take the flak for this because they were sitting on their backsides for 55 years – but there are also the native Sarawakians and Sabahans who faced the same dilemma.

Already, Anwar Ibrahim had promised on December 06, 2012 that the longstanding problem of stateless residents would be solved within a month should PR take over the federal government at the 13th general election. When this happens, Anwar will have taken a bold step to undo an injustice inflicted on these innocents. Another good reason to vote for PR.

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