MCA: We will meet DPM over boy’s plight

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: An 11-year-old boy, who is in despair for be­ing state­less, will get a help­ing hand from MCA.

“We will seek help from Deputy Prime Min­is­ter (Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi),” MCA deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said.

He said MCA would help ex­pe­dite Tan Jia Yi’s ap­pli­ca­tion for cit­i­zen­ship. Jia Yi’s plight came about when he was born a day be­fore his Malaysian fa­ther and In­done­sian mother reg­is­tered their mar­riage.

His ap­pli­ca­tion for cit­i­zen­ship was de­nied by the Na­tional Reg­is­tra­tion De­part­ment.

Jia Yi’s three younger sib­lings are Malaysian cit­i­zens.

Dr Wee said yes­ter­day he had spo­ken to the fa­ther, Tan Ban Guan, 45.

Ban Guan sub­mit­ted his son’s ap­pli­ca­tion for cit­i­zen­ship three times in the last four years.

Ear­lier, Dr Wee who at­tended a net­work­ing con­fer­ence, told re­porters that Pakatan Hara­pan’s de­ci­sion to ac­cept Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia into its fold was not sur­pris­ing as the Op­po­si­tion par­ties were in­clined to have a mar­riage of con­ve­nience.

They have just one thing in com­mon – to top­ple the rul­ing gov­ern­ment, he said.

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