48-Year Wait To Be Recognised As M’sian Ends 3 Days Before Birthday

Chong Chee Chiu, seated and flanked by Donald Mojuntin, left, and Izzatul Abdullah, standing right, share in the joy of the handicapped Sabahan who finally got his identity documents after 48 years.
Chong Chee Chiu, seated and flanked by Donald Mojuntin, left, and Izzatul Abdullah, standing right, share in the joy of the handicapped Sabahan who finally got his identity documents after 48 years.

By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
PENAMPANG – It was an early Chinese New Year gift for Chong Chee Chiu.

And come Saturday he will be celebrating his 48th birthday as a full-fledged Malaysian. On Wedneday, he collected his first ever MyKad from the National Registration Department Office in Penampang

With much effort from UPKO’s Citizenship and Native Affairs Bureau and the close co-operation of the NRD, Chong is in for a very special time.

“It is a wonderful to see the family’s joy,” said Datuk Donald Mojuntin, the chairman of the Bureau and also UPKO Secretary General.

“Due to Chong’s condition as a handicapped person who gets overly agitated in a crowd, his parents were at their wits end as to how to bring him to the relevant NRD office obtain his identification card.

“Three weeks ago UPKO Citizenship Bureau brought officers of the NRD Special Mobile Taskforce to their house and today (Wednesday) he finally got his MyKad personally delivered to him.”

Personally delivered to him, his Mykad.
Personally delivered to him, his Mykad.

Mojuntin added that now that Chong has obtained his mykad, he is eligible for aid from the Welfare Department.

“Next we will be bringing officers from the Welfare Office Penampang to see how we can make life easier for Chong and his elderly parents,” he added.

On this note, Mojuntin said they would like to express their appreciation to Madam Izzatul Abdullah, the NRD officer in charge of Penampang.

“Her tireless effort to assist genuine Sabahans to obtain the necessary documents is examplary. Without her co-operation, we would not be able to assist Chong and various others thus far,” added Mojuntin.

Asked whether there are other such cases pending in Penampang, Izzatul said that the NRD is currently processing two other applications from Kg. Kibambangan.

She added that the NRD set up the Special Mobile taskforce especially to cater to cases like Chong’s and especially to those who are in the rural area.

She encouraged those who has knowledge of these type of cases to inform the NRD duly so that appropriate action to assist can be taken.

Izzatul also expressed her appreciation on the efforts, commitment and co-operation of the UPKO Citizenship & Native Affairs Bureau which has been working hand in hand with the NRD for the better part of 9 years.