All that stateless girl wants for the new year is an identification card

Year-end wish: Masaidah (right) and her stepsister listening attentively to Bill. – The Star Pix

By John Isaac

ALL that Masaidah Nusain from Sibu wants for New Year is an identity card.

“Without it, I have been facing countless problems like not being able to go to school, ” she said.

For now, the 16-year-old is being home-schooled by her stepsister Mastika Nusain, as all schools had rejected her.

Masaidah, 24, and Mastika share the same father, who died when Masaidah was only two years old. Her Indonesian mother has returned to her country.

“I could not follow her as I do not have an identification document. So I am left behind in Bintulu with my stepsister. She has been taking care of me just like a mother, ” she said as reported in The Star.

Due to her being stateless, she could not get any government aid.

“I have a birth certificate but misplaced it as we have been moving from one home to another, ” she said.

Masaidah and Mastika recently approached Bill Jugah, the Rajang branch chairman of Sarawak Dayak Iban Association.

Jugah had presented about 200 cases of people in Sarawak who faced various documentation problems to the National Registration Department (NRD) over the past one year.

The NRD will be opening a mobile counter from Jan 15 to 17 at Zoobie Restaurant, opposite Bukit Aup Jubli Park.

The counter is for people with either green or red identity card to apply for MyKad. Stateless children can also forward their cases.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin had recently said that his ministry was giving stateless persons one year to apply for citizenship with proper documentation.