Student driven to suicide over MyKad rejection recovering in hospital

IPOH - The 12-year-old girl who swallowed bleach following persistent taunts from her friends is stable, though she remained weak.

The girl swallowed about 10ml of bleach at her home in Taman Harmoni in Buntong on Saturday evening after constant teasing from her schoolmates and neighbours after her application for a MyKad was rejected two months ago.

Her aunt, 28, whom she is staying with, said she discovered her niece writhing in pain in the kitchen after taking her bath.

"I tried to induce her to vomit by putting my finger into her mouth as well as giving her some assam jawa juice, before rushing her to the hospital," she told reporters at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital yesterday.

The girl has been subjected to abuse following the rejection by the National Registration Department (NRD) at the Urban Transformation Centre here about two months ago.

"Everywhere she goes, people teased her saying that she could never get her identity card, and that her complexion was fairer compared to her parents," she said, adding that the girl's mother stayed at another house in Jelapang.

The girl's condition is being monitored at the hospital and has been put on intravenous therapy.

Last Wednesday, her mother had told reporters that NRD had wanted her daughter to undergo a DNA test before they could issue her a MyKad.

The housewife also claimed that the NRD had accused the girl of having Chinese-Indian parentage instead of being Indian, and denied her application, resulting in her ineligibility to register and to continue her secondary education at SMK Seri Intan.

It was reported a few days ago that NRD public relations officer Jainisah Mohd Noor had clarified that the department never told the girl to undergo a DNA test.

Jainisah explained that the MyKad was not issued to the girl at the point of application as the department needed to ascertain details in her birth certificate.

Jainisah also said that investigations into the matter has been completed, and the MyKad would be issued provided that a correction be made in the girl's birth certificate.

She added that all this has been explained to the mother, but the family have yet to turn up for their scheduled appointment to make the amendment and also to apply for the MyKad.

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