Left in limbo due to stateless situation


  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020

TO me, there has never been a more exhilarating time to study medicine. Following rapid developments in genetic engineering and screening technologies as well as increased precision in the drug delivery mechanism, I am inspired to be part of this robust dynamic community with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of healthcare in Malaysia.

However, a cruel twist of fate is preventing me from achieving this dream.

I was born in Melaka in 2000 to a Malaysian father and non-Malaysian mother. I was legally adopted by a single Malaysian mother. As a child, I always thought that I am Malaysian as I was given an identity card number in my birth certificate. I travelled abroad when I was 12 years old and also sat for the Year Six examination (UPSR).

In 2012, I applied for MyKad and was shocked when the application was denied. I was asked to file an application under Article 15 of the Federal Constitution instead.

From that day on, my life changed and I was forced to embark on the difficult journey to belong to this country.

The rejection letter for my first application to be a Malaysian citizen arrived not long after its submission. I tried again in 2014, but until today, I am still waiting anxiously for the result.

Being a young person, the thought of giving up and even suicide crossed my mind, but somehow I managed to pull myself through all the hurdles and hardship of living as a stateless person.

With God’s grace, I managed to sit for the Form 3 examination (Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga) and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia. After studying very hard and despite all the stress I was under due to my situation, I was blessed with straight As in both PT3 and SPM.

I was teased, provoked and taunted with harsh remarks by my peers. Being called pendatang certainly does not make for pleasant memories. Nevertheless, my tremendous love for this country which I have called home for years is immense.

I served as a member of St. John Ambulance for five years in my secondary school. The motto, “For The Service Of Mankind” drove me to serve the local community in Melaka where I was assigned as a first aider.

I remember vividly my favourite subjects in secondary school were Bahasa Melayu and History. My fascination with Malaysia’s history motivated me to study the subject diligently and I was awarded the prize for best student for History in my school. Getting an A+ in Bahasa Melayu was not easy especially for a non-native user of the language like me. But through hard work, I managed to get A+ for both of my favourite subjects.

After completing secondary school, I shadowed a primary care doctor at a local hospital. I was motivated to pursue medicine after this exposure. When I saw the communication between the doctor and patient, I realised the importance of being compassionate towards others. This has undoubtedly fuelled my desire to help others who are in need.

Unfortunately, due to my current status, I’m unable to make my dream a reality. Pursuing a career in this field is indeed mentally and physically challenging, but none of these matter to me because of my unwavering passion in wanting to help others. My biggest obstacle is the issue of my citizenship.

RLT

Melaka


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