GEORGE TOWN: An 80-year-old woman who emigrated here from China 55 years ago is grateful for finally obtaining Malaysian citizenship.
Tan Oh Gin first applied to be a citizen 20 years ago but did not pursue the matter when she did not receive any reply, according to her son Khoo Swee Lim, 53.
“I convinced my mother to apply again 10 years ago but we did not receive any positive reply even after approaching a few people who claimed they could help us.
“We approached Gerakan two years ago when we read that the party was helping people with their applications for citizenship,” he said at a press conference at the Penang Gerakan headquarters in Macalister Road here yesterday.
State Gerakan vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong handed the citizenship approval letter from the Home Ministry to Tan yesterday after which she went to the National Registration Department to make her MyKad.
Tan said she has lived in Penang for 55 years and that many people told her they would help her get citizenship but nothing happened.
“I’m elated as I came to this country from China when I was 25 years old and today, I have been accepted as a citizen of Malaysia. I thank Gerakan for helping me,” said the octogenarian softly in Hokkien.
Tan, who is from Sungai Dua on the Penang mainland, has four children, two of whom have died. Her husband died more than 20 years ago.
Oh urged those who have applied for citizenship and have difficulty in following up on their application to approach the state Gerakan office in Macalister Road for help.