Tuesday May 1, 2012
Kelana Jaya MCA to the aid of red IC holders
By AZIAH YAHAYA
group of individuals thanked the Kelana Jaya MCA
for its efforts in helping them apply for
permanent residency and citizenship.
Tan Boon Huat, 53,
said a friend advised him to seek help from
Kelana Jaya MCA.
“I am hopeful that
they will be able to help me in getting my
citizenship,” said Tan, who was born in
Singapore to Malaysian parents.
He moved to Sabah
at the age of seven and received his identity
card at 12. Since then, he has applied for
citizenship twice but was unsuccessful. The
father of three is hopeful that he will be
Glad to help: (From
left) Ong and Wa sharing the good news with the
Wongs and Sim.
“I work in the
manufacturing industry and as the company has
overseas offices, I am required to travel from
time to time.
“However, my status
as a non-citizen has made it difficult for me to
obtain a visa. Countries like Vietnam and Taiwan
are strict in having foreigners adhere to their
Kelana Jaya MCA has
been working closely with the Home Ministry,
through Daniel Wa Wai How who is special
assistant to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee
Wa said they helped
the applicants because they fulfilled the
roadshows organised by the ministry, we are able
to reach out to those who need our assistance,”
Denise Yi Mei
Amber, 22, was born to a German father and
Her mother, Ann
Lee, has applied for permanent resident status
for Denise and Denise’s sister since they were
in kindergarten but has not been successful.
“It is a hassle
when I have to leave the country every three
months. I have been looking for a job here but
have not been able to secure one because I am
not Malaysian. I want to be a Malaysian and I
want to stay and work here,” said Denise.
daughter is 25 years old and works in Abu Dhabi.
Wong Sin Ho and his
wife are thankful for the positive outcome of
their adopted six-year-old daughter’s
“I had tears in my
eyes when we got the news. My daughter can now
go to school. She could not before as we were
unable to register her,” said the proud father.
explaining how his status as a noncitizen
affects his work.
Wa advised couples
who were keen to adopt to go through the proper
channel. Go to the Social Welfare Department
instead of dealing with some middlemen.
will be made clear to them and the parents-to-be
will be guided by the law accordingly,” he said.
The happiest in the
group was Sim Soon Leng. Having gone through
trying times, he finally got his identity card
“Being on the road
was not something I looked forward to. I would
become anxious each time I encountered a
roadblock,” he said.
Sim was in fact
arrested and jailed for three-and-a-half months
in 2009, having been unable to produce his
identity card. He was also fined RM3,500.
He is glad that he
attended the ministry’s roadshow in Serdang.
“Before, I had
difficulty getting a work permit as well as
medical attention from the government hospital.
Life is easier now, thanks to Datuk Lee and
Daniel. I am grateful for their help,” he added.
Kelana Jaya MCA
chairman Ong Chong Swen said getting an identity
card and obtaining citizenship was a lengthy and
“It requires time
and effort. We would like to help those in need,
we do not just give lip service,” he said.
Tan said he had
travelled to many countries, but they were not
as good as Malaysia.
“The weather here
is just nice and compared with those places, the
living standard is much better here. I love
Malaysia,” he said.