Clerk clears hurdle to marriage


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 31 May 2003

BY R.S.N. MURALI

SEREMBAN: A 31-year-old accounts clerk can finally tie the knot with her fiancé this September after her “bigamy” status was erased from the records of the National Registration Department (NRD) yesterday. 

Just a day before, Dorees Loke of Taman Rasah Jaya, was put in an embarrassing situation when staff at the NRD told her she could not register her marriage to Bernard Wong, 35, as she was already “legally” married. 

To add insult to injury, the records also showed that she had a child. 

Her predicament ended yesterday when the record was rectified and she regained her “single” status.  

She can now look forward to preparing for her wedding.  

Loke has state NRD director Md Ziki Abdul Rahman to thank as he investigated her case personally. 

SPEEDY ACTION:Md Ziki personally looked into Loke's case and quickly set the record straight.

“We found out there was a technical error. The computer system matched two digits of the identification number of the person who had the same name as Loke. 

“We have carried out the necessary rectification, and Loke can now marry her sweetheart,” said Md Ziki. 

He handed over a marriage application form to Loke and in a move to offer some form of “compensation” to the couple, he instructed his staff to process MyKad for them on the spot although the counter was closed. 

Loke, who was elated that the matter had been solved, said she was grateful to Md Ziki. 

“In just a short time, my name has been cleared and now, I can look forward to my wedding,” she said. 

On Wednesday, Loke, who turned up at the department’s office to register her marriage, was shocked to find that the computer records showed she was “married with a child.”  

The records, she said, also stated that she had registered her “marriage” in 1998. 

The department had initially demanded that she produce evidence that she had not been married or submit a court declaration on her status.  

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