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Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by mohd farhaan shah
Deep in discussion: (From right) Lawyer Hassan Karim, Wong and Phuah discussing the case after filing the suit against the NRD at the Civil Court in Menara Cyberport, Johor Baru. Looking on is PKR deputy secretary-general Steven Choong.
JOHOR BARU: A welder is suing the National Registration Department (NRD) for not issuing an identity card to his son.
Wong Ten Yeoh, 54, had gone to the NRD on Sept 5 to apply for a MyKad for the 12-year-old boy.
However, he said, NRD officers told him he could not do so because he had failed to register his marriage to the boy’s mother, an Indonesian.
Wong said he and the woman had never married and had merely lived together for over 12 years.
“Four months after the birth of my son, she ran away and left me to look after Wen Jie all by myself,” he said.
The boy was born at a private maternity hospital here.
“He is a Malaysian,” said Wong after filing the suit at the Civil Court in Menara Cyberport on Oct 1.
He said he had no problems getting a birth certificate for Wen Jie and had even enrolled the boy in a Chinese vernacular school in Masai.
“I have also taken my son to the Immigration Department to get him a passport which was issued to him on March 26, 2011,” he said.
Wong, who is now married, said Wen Jie had been pestering him for a MyKad because all his friends had identity cards.
“I made a mistake of not getting married to my previous partner, but please do not take it out on my son,” Wong said.
His lawyer, Jimmy Phuah, said it was Wen Jie’s right under the Federal Constitution to be issued a MyKad.
“He was born here and has a birth certificate which proves he is a Malaysian. We hope the NRD will issue him a MyKad soon,” Phuah said.
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Courts & Crime, MyKad, lawsuit, JPN, Immigration Department, Civil Court
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