IPOH: Although his parents are Malaysian, Hew Ling Poa, 52, has only been granted permanent resident (PR) status.
Her parents were both working in Brunei in a hair salon when Hew was born. She was brought back to Malaysia when she was five years old.
Her late father applied for PR status when the family moved back here and she received it when she was 12 years old.
“Then when I was 17, my parents started applying for my citizenship, with the last application made in 2018, and rejected in January of this year.
“My younger brother is Malaysian, my late husband was Malaysian, my 25-year-old daughter is Malaysian, my grandson is Malaysian.
“I am now 52 years old and still hold a red ID card,” she told a press conference hosted by MCA Public Service and Complaints Office chief Low Guo. Nah, here Friday, September 2.
Hew’s mother, Wong Fong Chee, 76, was also present.
Hew showed the press all the documents needed to prove his parents’ Malaysian citizenship.
Carrying a red identity card, she declared that she did not have the right to vote and that she could not benefit from any financial assistance.
“I run my own hair salon business, and during the movement control order due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I was not entitled to any assistance,” she said, adding that she went to primary and secondary school here.
She said her citizenship application has been rejected about six times now, with no reason given.
“I haven’t been to Brunei since my parents brought me back to Malaysia, and when I travel abroad, because of my status, I have to apply for a visa to go to any country.
“I hold a document called a certificate of identity, not even a passport, and the hassle I have to go through at the immigration counter in the destination country is unbelievable.
“Everyone is cleared quickly, but I’ll have to go through a special route, answer a lot of questions, and wait a while to get cleared,” Hew said in frustration.
She said she went to the National Registration Department a month ago and was told to go to the Brunei High Commission to have her birth certificate validated.
“Now all of a sudden they are asking me (to do) this… all of this even though I submitted the necessary documents in my previous applications,” she said, expressing doubt that her application would be approved. even if she got the validation. .
Low said he was helping Hew write to the Home Office as well as the Prime Minister’s Secretary.
“I have asked for help in investigating Hew’s case, as both of her parents are Malaysian, and even after becoming a grandmother, she is still a PR,” he added.