Getting a blue-coloured MyKad is a significant thing in Malaysia and some have yet to get their application approved despite staying in Malaysia for over 6 decades.
Recently, a 91-year-old Sarawakian veteran, who served the country since Merdeka was forgone the right to citizenship for over 60 years.
According to Borneo Post, Basar Paru, a retired border scout who served during the Malaysia-Indonesia confrontation and the Communist insurgency that occurred between the 60s and late 80s, still has an unfulfilled dream of being granted Malaysian citizenship.
Basar was born in Kalimantan, Indonesia but he migrated across the border and has settled down in Malaysia with his family in late 1950. He then spent 10 years patrolling the borders of Long Semado in Lawas.
His daughter Orpah shared that Basar made multiple attempts throughout the decades to attain Malaysian citizenship, but to no avail.
“He had applied many times in the past with many trips to the National Registration Department (JPN) Lawas and JPN Miri. Only in 2013, he was given permanent resident status or MyPR.”
Orpah added that having a PR does not mean anything to her father as he does not feel belong to this country.
“He wants the blue-coloured MyKad and we as his children have to console him each time he becomes sullen when we tell him that his application is still being processed,” she shared.
Orpah added that without citizenship, her elderly father is unable to receive benefits like free healthcare and welfare assistance.
“As much as we want his dream to come true, he is too old to go to JPN back and forth. In fact, he said maybe they would only approve his application when he is no longer around. How much longer does he have to wait to be given his citizenship?” she asked.
However, Basar is not the only one who did not get his Malaysian citizenship. There were 3 other former border scouts who’ve been denied citizenship despite defending the country nearly 6 decades ago.
On social media, netizens said how unfair it is when someone who is clearly born outside Malaysia and is unrelated by blood to Malaysia managed to receive citizenship & Bumiputera title real fast.
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