KUALA LUMPUR: A brilliant 16-year-old student was shocked to discover that he was considered not a Malaysian.
M.Navin, who is of Malaysian-Filipino parentage, said he just wants to get his identity card.
In his application, Navin, who owns many appreciation and leadership awards from school, said that he was born here on July 8, 1998 and was given a Malaysian birth certificate.
However, Navin said that upon checking at the National Registration Department (NRD) years later, he found out his status was "Bukan Warganegara" (Non-Citizen).
He has named the NRD director-general, Home Ministry secretary-general and the Government as defendants.
His businessman father, R.Moorthy, 40, said that they were shocked upon discovering the status of his eldest son in the NRD's system.
"He got a birth certificate and an international passport saying that he is a Malaysian.
"When we checked with the NRD's system to do his new identity card, when he is 12 years old, we were shocked to find that his status as Bukan Warganegara," he said on Wednesday.
He said his application for his son's citizenship at NRD Putrajaya on July 21, 2010 was refused.
"He achieved 5As in UPSR and 7As in PMR. He is a school prefect since primary school," he said, adding that he received inquiries from his school recently.
He said he had to a pay levy to enroll his son back to the national school.
In his court papers, Moorthy said that they have met several officers between July 2010 and June 2011 with regard to the citizenship, but failed to receive any good response.
He said he received a letter dated July 25, 2011 from the Home Ministry that his application has been refused.
He said he applied to NRD again on Nov 17, 2011 but was rejected.
He said that his son was often teased by his schoolmates for his status and considered him as an outsider.
He said that he was facing difficulty as he was often queried by the school's administration.
The court papers stated that his biological father R.Moorthy is a Malaysian who fathered him through Marissa Novero, a Filipino.
His lawyer Annou Xavier said that Navin has to get proper documents to enjoy facilities such as scholarships, loans, driving license and others.
Xavier said that High Court judge Hue Siew Kheng has set Feb 14 for case management for Federal counsel Haryati Ahmad to reply to the student's affidavits.