Tuesday August 7, 2012
Housewife gets birth cert after 66 years, thanks to Lumut MP
By EDMUND NGO
GROWING up without a birth certificate was difficult for A. Sivagamy as she was unable to enrol in school to get an education.
As an adult without an identity card, she could not get a job to help her husband raise their children.
“My parents did not register my birth and because of that, it has been a struggle all my life,” said the 66-year-old housewife from Pundut, Manjung.
According to Sivagamy, she tried applying for her birth certificate and identity card from the National Registration Department but was rejected due to insufficient documents.
Finally, after numerous tries, she decided to seek the help of Lumut MP Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
“I received my birth certificate five months ago and in July, my application for a red identity card was approved.
“Being recognised as a permanent resident is the first step to becoming a full Malaysian citizen.
“I’m overjoyed and ever grateful to Kong for his help,” she said after receiving her red identity card from Kong at his service centre in Sitiawan last week.
Kong also presented red identity cards to two other people, S. Thannimalai and G. Permar, before giving out RM7,095 in aid to 27 poor people and RM78,000 to various non-governmental organisations.