6000 granted citizenship from MyDaftar program

September 5th, 2011 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Good to hear that another round of MyDaftar will be held. Hopefully it will be held for at least two weeks and in more locations accessible to the folks.

 

On another matter, Siva said many Indians born in Malaysia still do not understand the importance of getting their identification documents with many refusing to come forward as they fear being arrested.

“This is the main problem we faced during the last exercise by the Government to register those Indians without birth certificates or MyKads. This needs to change,” he said.

The community, Siva pointed out, needed to be more aware of the current programmes and policies put into place for their benefit, adding that there were still an estimated 10,000 Indians without birth certificates or MyKads.

“Community leaders need to educate the people, especially the elderly, on the importance of getting these documents because without them, they will lose out on healthcare benefits and welfare aid,” he said.

Siva said the second round of registration would start on Sept 15, focusing on four states – Selangor, Perak, Kedah and Johor.

“These states are the most critical because most of the estates have now been converted or fragmented due to development,” he said, adding that many of the residents there had no documents.

He urged those facing problems in obtaining their documents to submit their names to any MIC representative or contact the National Registration Department.

Siva said that during the last registration drive, a total of 6,000 citizenship applications were approved.

source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/9/3/nation/9418082&sec=nation

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