PUTRAJAYA – She could be the oldest individual to receive the Malaysian citizenship approval letter, Thanapakkiom Sannasy, 103, is overjoyed when her application for the ‘Blue IC’ (Malaysian citizenship) has finally been granted today.
Born in Tanjung Malim, Perak, she used to own a blue IC in the past. Nevertheless, due to a printing mistake on her father’s name, the mother of 10 was unable to renew her identity card and thus, losing her privilege as a Malaysian since.
The incident which happened almost 40 years ago did not affect her much, until she needed to undergo treatments at the National Heart Institute (IJN). Thanapakkiom felt the need to work on regaining her Blue IC to help reduce her medical cost at the institution.
According to her son, Thannakodi Vellasamy, 57, they made the first application in 2013 and they followed up several times to help her regain her citizenship.
“IJN bear the cost of the operation as my mother was using a new device which was not available in the market.
“IJN used the opportunity to promote that device. However, we still need to bear other treatment costs.
“After my mother gets her own identity card, it would be easier for us to get treatments anywhere,” he told the journalists after accompanying her mother to receive the Malaysian citizenship approval letter today.
Besides Thanaphanakkiom, another recipient, Muniamah Rajalingam, 86, was also delighted to receive her citizenship after the long wait of 20 years.
Born in India, she was brought by her parents to Malaya during the Japanese occupancy when she was still a baby.
“I used to receive aids from the Social Welfare Department but I’ve not been receiving it for the past three years.
“I hope, with this identity card, I would be able to receive the aid again,” she said fluently in Malay.
Muniamah and Thanapakkiom were among the 1,667 Indians aged 60 years and above who applied for the Malaysian citizenship.
Earlier, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin said that the government has given priorities of citizenship to Indians aged 60 years and above.
In whole, the National Registration Department (NRD) had received a total of 3,853 citizenship applications from Indians.
“The main objective of the government granting the citizenship to deserving individuals was to improve the socio-economy status of the people regardless of their race and religion.
“With the citizenship, the government hopes that every new citizen can live a better and more comfortable life in the country,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette