PH govt promises to help dis­abled Ulu Baram widow ob­tain MyKad

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MIRI: The Pakatan Hara­pan (PH)-led fed­eral gov­ern­ment has promised to as­sist dis­abled widow Rose Su­lau Tu­gau, 58, from Long Se­la­tong, Ulu Baram ob­tain a blue Malaysian ci­ti­zen MyKad to en­able her to re­ceive gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance.

She is a Malaysian, but when she re­placed her old IC, she was given a red IC which is for per­ma­nent res­i­dent. As her old blue IC was not recog­nised any­more, she can­not re­ceive any gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance which is nor­mally given to the dis­abled.

Yes­ter­day, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Zu­raida Ka­marud­din vis­ited Rose at her house in Kam­pung Pasir here to see her liv­ing con­di­tions and the type of as­sis­tance to be given to her.

“She does not have any chil­dren to help her and this is also mak­ing her liv­ing sit­u­a­tion more dif­fi­cult,” Zu­raida told re­porters dur­ing the visit.

Rose has an adopted son who works in Kuala Lumpur. She does have rel­a­tives but most of them live far away in up­per Baram, and they can­not af­ford to as­sist her fi­nan­cially.

The Kenyah woman has been liv­ing alone in her di­lap­i­dated house in Kam­pung Pasir, Lu­tong here af­ter her hus­band died of brain can­cer in 2016.

Rose is un­able to walk due to a se­vere back pain caused by spinal in­jury and most of the time she moves around by crawl­ing. When there is a need for her to go out, par­tic­u­larly for fol­low-up med­i­cal treat­ment, she would use a wheel­chair do­nated by gen­er­ous peo­ple.

Zu­raida mean­while, in­structed Miri MP Dr Michael Teo to write to the min­istry to ex­plain Rose’s sit­u­a­tion and help her get back her blue IC.

“I’ve told Dr Teo to write a let­ter with all the de­tails to the min­istry. Her (Rose) sib­lings are all Malaysian cit­i­zens and are hold­ing the blue MyKad, so this is proof that she (Rose) is a gen­uine Sarawakian.

“For the time be­ing, as she is not qual­i­fied to re­ceive gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance due to the cit­i­zen­ship sta­tus in her red IC, Dr Teo has been pro­vid­ing her as­sis­tance on a monthly ba­sis,” the min­is­ter added..

Rose changed her iden­tity card at the Na­tional Regis­tra­tion De­part­ment (NRD) in Kuala Lumpur when she vis­ited her adopted son in Penin­su­lar Malaysia a few years back. Since then, she has not been able to en­joy the same rights as her three sib­lings who have Malaysian cit­i­zen­ship be­cause her cit­i­zen­ship sta­tus had been changed.

Wan Ju­naidi (right) looks at Mohd Yusuf’s old house made of wood and in poor con­di­tion.

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