More stateless children turned away from school

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Stateless children

Loh Wei Hun (back row, fourth from left) with parents and seven stateless children who were asked to show passports to enrol in school. Pic taken from FMT News

GEORGE TOWN: Seven stateless children gathered at the Penang Education Department yesterday to “beg” the authorities to let them go to school, but were told to get passports in order to be enrolled.

All seven children, aged between seven and 12, were born in Malaysia, with at least one of their parents being a Malaysian.

The situation came about despite clarification from the Immigration Department, denying it had issued such a directive, and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urging schools to admit such children. Read more