Woman gets travel papers to come home


  • Nation
  • Friday, 25 Jul 2003

BY SA’ODAH ELIAS

PUTRAJAYA: The 49-year-old Malaysian woman stranded in Japan since 1995 after her travel documents expired will get to return to stay with her only daughter here after all. 

The Government yesterday issued Tan Soo Fieck a temporary Certificate of Identity (CI) to facilitate her travel, the cost of which will be borne by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. 

“While the Government is not happy with Malaysians who abuse their privileges, we have to help by giving her a CI under humanitarian grounds. 

TO THE RESCUE: Chor with Liu who is holding up the temporary Certificate of Identity which the Government has issued for Tan.

“The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation has agreed to bear the expenses for her return. Her daughter has given an undertaking that she will look after her mother,” Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said before presenting the CI to the family of Tan, who is a Malaysian permanent resident in Japan.  

Tan’s family was represented by foundation chief executive officer David Liu, who is expected to accompany Tan’s daughter Poh Yin to Tokyo in the next few days to bring her back.  

Chor warned Malaysians not to abuse their travel documents when abroad by overstaying or getting involved in activities prohibited by their visas. 

He said while the Government was willing to help Malaysians facing trouble overseas, it would not condone the actions of those who deliberately abused their passports, visas or CIs. 

Chor said Malaysians with permanent resident status such as Tan were issued with CIs instead of passports and her problem was that her CI had expired. 

Tan reportedly went to Tokyo eight years ago to work there to finance her daughter’s education in Malaysia.  

She continued working there illegally after her CI expired a year later. 

She was said to be suffering from acute diabetes and doctors said her legs might have to be amputated.  

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