PUTRAJAYA: Efforts by the National Registration Department to identify Jessica and Ah Meng, two of the five senior citizens rescued from an abandoned old folks home in Taman Wahyu, Kuala Lumpur, last week failed to provide new clues on who they really are.
Searches for their fingerprints in the national database at the NRD headquarters in Putrajaya drew blanks, but authorities are determined to get to the bottom of this.
“We are not ready to rule them as non-citizens just yet,” said NRD investigations and enforcement director Wan Zakaria Wan Awang.
“We don’t know what might have happened to them,” he said. “There are several possibilities as to why we couldn’t detect them.
“They might have had old ICs but didn’t renew them, or their fingerprints have been damaged due to old age,” Wan Zakaria added.
“In the worst case scenario, where no one comes forward to claim them, we will assist them in getting identification cards.”
However, the Sungai Buloh hospital staff were not so optimistic.
A nurse told The Star that the two might be referred to the Immigration Department if they could not be identified as citizens.
“They cannot stay at the hospital for long,” she said. “They are healthy, and if they continued to stay with other patients, they could fall ill,” said the nurse. “We hope the authorities will find their families quickly.”
As for Lau Looi, 59, and Muniandy Parasuraman, 64, NRD intelligence unit coordinator Mokhzan Arif Mohd Yusof said they would receive their new MyKads in two weeks.
It was revealed that Lau Looi’s previous address was in Jalan Padang 4/48, Petaling Jaya, while Muniandy lived at Lorong 2, Jalan Ikan Emas, Ampang Campuran, Kuala Lumpur.
Checks by The Star at Lau Looi’s address found the home, a two-storey bungalow, to be empty. However, the owner, who gave his name as Kui, claimed he did not know who Lau Looi was.
People who are familiar with Lau Looi, Muniandy or their families are encouraged to contact the authorities or the Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital at 03-60641333.