In Selangor, another stateless child awaits citizenship to attend school

Source: Written by A. Ruban for Malay Mail Online

Thevasegamani speaking at press conference

Thevasegamani (centre) speaking during a press conference in Klang, January 15, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa from Malay Mail Online

KLANG, Jan 15 — A father is at his wit’s end after the Selangor Education Department purportedly informed him that his 13-year-old daughter will not be able to attend school until she sorts out her citizenship status.

The girl’s estranged mother is an Indonesian citizen and the father, P. Thevasegamani had apparently registered her as a non-Malaysian citizen when she was born.

Thevasegamani claimed the National Registration Department (NRD) had also told him the same thing as the state education department.

But his daughter had attended public school until standard six despite having a non-Malaysian birth certificate.

“I am not sure what seems to be the problem now. My daughter was born in Klang in 2005 but because her mother is not a Malaysian citizen, we were told to register my girl as a non-Malaysian citizen.

“I paid a levy of RM120 to enrol her at a Tamil school here, but now the (state) education department is telling me get a passport for my daughter in order to go to a secondary school,” he told Malay Mail.

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More stateless children turned away from school

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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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

DPM: Kids have ‘blanket approval’ to attend school pending citizenship nod

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said those whose citizenship applications are being processed should be allowed to attend school in the meantime.— Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 — Children awaiting approval for Malaysian citizenship have a right to attend government schools, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

“Following a blanket approval, the Education Ministry allows such children to attend school, while their application is being processed.

“Anyone facing problems enrolling their children should refer the case to the ministry to get it sorted,” Zahid who is also home minister told reporters after his ministry’s monthly assembly here.

He was responding to news reports of a stateless adopted seven-year-old girl who was purportedly denied entry to a school in Seremban, Negri Sembilan pending her citizenship application.

While decisions over birth certificates and such records was under the purview of the  National Registration Department (NRD) — which comes under his ministry, Zahid said those whose applications are being processed should be allowed to attend school in the meantime.

“The documents which state they have already submitted an application should be accepted by schools to enable them to have an education,” he added. Read more

Proham: Denying school for stateless children violates UN treaty signed by Malaysia

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Pic drawn from FMT News

Proham says as a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the government has a duty to uphold its commitment to the protection and welfare of all children.

PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department’s policy requiring stateless children to have a passport before they can attend school is preposterous and violates an international treaty that Malaysia is part of, a rights group said in the wake of a report that a stateless child had been turned away by a school in Negeri Sembilan.

The Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) said Malaysia was a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, making it the government’s duty to uphold its commitment to the protection and welfare of all children.

“Children’s rights under the convention include the right to association with both parents, human identity, physical protection, food, universal state-paid education, healthcare and the child’s civil rights,” said its chairman Kuthubul Zaman and secretary-general Ivy Josiah.

“Hence, all states being parties to the convention must ensure and guarantee these rights to each and every child irrespective of whether they are citizens, stateless or refugees.” Read more