India-born twins in a fix over visa woes


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 29 Jul 2003

BY A. LETCHUMANAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Six-year-old twins Jahira Beevi and Jannath are bubbly and can easily rattle off the letters in the alphabet but they are too young to comprehend the worries their grandparents are going through.  

Mohd Ibrahim Abdul Razak, 65, and Yahasan Bivi, 55, are worried sick because the Immigration Department has yet to approve the renewal of their visas to enable them to stay on in the country. 

The visas for the twins, born in India, expired on July 15 but the department has yet to approve their renewal. 

Ibrahim said there was no one to take care of his granddaughters after his daughter, Rahmaht Bibi, died in 1999. 

He said he had to travel to the Immigration Department in Kuala Lumpur to apply for the visas, costing RM700 each. Ibrahim said the children's visas had been granted over the past three years but their current application had stalled. 

UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Ibrahim, with Jannath on his lap, discussing the problem with Rajagopalu. The other twin, Jahira, is in Yahasan's arms.

“I am worried about this. We fear they (the twins) might face deportation and they have no one except us to care for them,” said Mohd Ibrahim when appealing to Negri Sembilan state executive councillor Datuk T. Rajagopalu for help. 

Rajagopalu visited them at their one-room rented flat in Jalan San Peng here on Friday. 

Ibrahim also said the twins were not allowed to start their formal education in a nearby school because they had no proper identification documents. 

Rahmaht married an Indian national Sirajudeen in June 1994 and gave birth to the twins in India on Dec 4, 1997. 

But six months after giving birth, Rahmaht became a quadriplegic and the husband walked out on her. 

Ibrahim said he and his wife, Yahasan, had sought the help of Rajagopalu who had assisted them in obtaining the year-to-year visas for the twins and had also submitted an application for citizenship for the twins four years ago. 

Rajagopalu urged the National Registration Department to speed up the processing of the applications. 

He said he would seek a meeting with National Registration Department director-general Datuk Wan Ibrahim Wan Ahmad soon.  

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