Monday October 1, 2012
Efforts in place to prove man in detention camp is a Malaysian
By R.S.N. MURALI
MALACCA: R. Murugan (pic), a hit-and-run victim languishing in a detention camp for illegal immigrants here, may taste freedom again in two weeks' time if a plan to secure his release works.
“I am close to obtaining crucial documents to substantiate Murugan's status as Malaysian born. If all goes well, he can be out in two weeks or so,” said social worker T. Kamalanathan.
He added that Murugan had begged him to get him out, saying two years of anguish in two separate detention camps one in Tanah Merah, Kelantan, and another here were more than enough.
“He yearns to be reunited with his family in Port Dickson,” said Kamalanathan.
The Star on Sept 26 reported Murugan's plight which began after he failed to produce identification documents upon admission to the Seremban Hospital following the accident in 2010.
He had suffered a stroke after the accident which impeded his speech, while his right leg was amputated.
Soon after the treatment, hospital authorities alerted the Immigration Department and Murugan was detained and sent to the detention camp in Kelantan.
Murugan, a former classical dancer, could not inform his family members as he was brought to the detention camp right after his hospital recovery.
His health condition made it hard for him to explain his citizenship status to the Immigration Department officers, while his family members assumed Murugan had passed away.
Murugan was transferred to the detention camp here after his health deteriorated while in Kelantan.
Kamalanathan found out about Murugan from several foreigners who informed him about a “sickly man in the camp who preferred to wear dresses” needing help.
Kamalanathan subsequently managed to track and meet one of Murugan's nieces on Sept 25. They are now trying to obtain Murugan's identification papers.