MELAKA: Two stateless siblings from Klebang here have had their hopes of getting MyKad renewed after discovering that National Unity and Social Wellbeing Minister P. Waytha Moorthy will look into their predicament.
Nur Feyra Natasha Lili Noor Azahar, 12, and her seven-year-old brother Ahmad Ziqri Arayyan Lili Noor Azahar had sought the minister's help through The Star.
The siblings' guardian, Yusliana Ahmad, 57, said she approached The Star for help as the children are in dire straits without MyKad.
"They were born out of the wedlock and I am helping to take care of them after their father handed them to me upon their mother's death in 2016.
"The father told me he had not registered his second marriage and only had the children's birth certificates," she said at her wooden house in Pesiaran Balik Buluh, Klebang on Saturday (April 13).
The siblings live in squalid conditions with their temporary guardian who works as a kitchen helper.
Yusliana said she reached out to The Star after reading an article about stateless sisters, Nursenah Aksan, 17, and Nurulshuhada, 11, who were allowed to enrol in SMK Kampung Gelam and SK Kampung Gelam with the assistance of the minister in February.
"One of my neighbours translated the article and asked me to approach The Star after I failed to get help through other avenues.
"I am happy the minister responded and promised to help these two children enter school," she said.
Nur Feyra said their lives had turned topsy-turvy after their mother's death.
She said they wandered around mosques in Klebang for almost a year before someone tracked down their father.
"Many thought we were foreigners because we had no home to live before my father came and took us to 'Makcik' Yusliana last July.
"Our father has not made any attempts to apply for MyKad for us," she said.
Nur Feyra said her parents' failure to register for Mykads had caused them to face uphill battles in applying for the identification documents now.
"We know it's a long journey for us but there is hope now after the two sisters got help from the minister.
"I was surprised he responded by telling me not to worry when I spoke to him," she said.
For Ahmad Ziqri, registering in Year One is a dream come true.
The bubbly Ahmad Ziqri said his neighbours' children had taught him how
to read and write and he could also sing.
"I can do well in school if given an opportunity like others," he said.
When contacted, Waytha Moorthy said he has looked into several cases of children without identification documents in Melaka.
"It is a sad state of affair and I am making arrangements for all of them to come to Putrajaya to do the necessary with the help of the relevant authorities," he added.