Girls' applications for birth cert rejected by NRD

Girls' applications for birth cert rejected by NRD

JOHOR BARU - Orphan Sonia Elizabeth does not know who her parents are. She has been growing up at Pusat Kebajikan Kalvari (PKK) since she was six.

All these years, her application for a complete birth certificate or an identity card has been unsuccessful as her parents cannot be located.

Now 18, she is worried that she will not be able to continue her studies and achieve her ambition of becoming a doctor.

Elizabeth, who does not even know her birth date, hopes to either pick Aug 31 or Sept 16 to signify Merdeka or Malaysia Day respectively if she were to receive a birth certificate and MyKad.

Elizabeth said PKK had been trying to help her to get a birth certificate from the National Registration Department (NRD) and she recently got a document which only states her name and year of birth with no other particulars including the status of her citizenship.

"I love this country and I can speak four languages - Malay, English, Tamil and Chinese," she said, adding that she hopes to become a doctor to help the less fortunate.

Elizabeth is not the only stateless teenager living in PKK as two others, Rajeswary Nadarajah, 17, and M. Mageswari, 16, have also been growing up at the centre since young.

Rajeswary, whose father was a drug addict, was sent to the home by her elderly grandmother when she was just five.

PKK president Boey Hong Wah said Mageswari was a special needs child who cannot walk properly. She has been living at the centre since a policeman brought her to PKK when she was six.

"We have applied for their birth certificates several times in the past and each time we would get the same reply that all their applications have been rejected," he said.

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