Boy finally gets his citizenship


John Teh holding his MyKid after getting it on Monday (Dec 28). With him are (from left) his father Teh Kelloon, Buntong assemblyman A. Sivasubramaniam, mother Mayuri Rattanawiriyawanit.

IPOH: For almost six years, Teh Kelloon had been worried that his son could not get into primary school because the latter did not hold a MyKid.

The 34-year-old hawker had to travel regularly between here and Putrajaya to get the identity card for his six-year-old son John Teh.

And his worries finally ended when his son received his identity card on Monday (Dec 28).

"My family and I are overjoyed. We have had doubts whether he can get it or not.

"As parents, my wife and I were only worried about his education and future," he told a press conference held by Buntong assemblyman A. Sivasubramaniam on Wednesday (Dec 30).

"Now that my son has got his MyKid, he can attend primary school when the new semester reopens," he added.

Kelloon said his son was born John Rattanawiriyawanit in Johor.

"My wife Mayuri is from Thailand but we registered our marriage late.

"When we tried to register my son at the National Registration Department, we were told that he cannot use my surname and only to use his mother's," he said.

"After registering our marriage, we tried again but there were a lot of technicalities involved and we were told to wait.

"My friend told me that Sivasubramaniam had expertise in helping people with similar problems like me so I approached him for help about two years ago," he said.

"We are thankful for his help," he added.

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