Feeling unwanted in own country


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  • Tuesday, 05 Oct 2004

IT really upsets me to read that so many people could obtain permanent resident (PR) status so easily. 

I am a Malaysian married to a French man. We have three children who are all Malaysians. 

My husband has been living here for the past 13 years. He applied for his PR five years ago and still has no reply.  

We have checked with the Home Ministry many times. The reply we get all the time is they are looking into it.  

Come next month my husband's yearly work permit, which is on the spouse scheme, will expire. 

For him it is time again to run around in the Immigration Department.  

It amazes me that every year there are changes to the application procedure. One day the wife has to be around, next day the children and when we arrive, they tell you it is not necessary.  

We are busy people and the year passes by so fast that many times we almost forget to renew his work permit and have to leave the country and return to reapply.  

We met in Malaysia and I have never lived anywhere else. 

When his expatriate contract expired five years ago, I begged him to stay, although he had a job offer elsewhere, and help me with the business that I had started. 

As his patience with regards to the application for the work permit is running low, he has been asking me to leave my country for his home country.  

 

This PR application makes me feel like I am a Malaysian professional not wanted in my own country. 

 

On top of that, I have to live in envy listening to my Indonesian cobbler bragging about his receiving his Malaysian citizenship with his whole family, his Indonesian wife included.  

 

MARY TAN, 

Kuala Lumpur. 

(via e-mail)  

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