Assistant Minister Helps Three Children Get Their Rights To Education

MIRI: Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin is helping three children obtain their rights to education.

The trio � Michael Sii, 10, Zoey Hwang Sing Ling, 8, and Eliza Ang Hung Wen, 7 � were born in Sarawak but one of their parents is not a Malaysian.

Currently under the care of Miri Methodist Children’s Home, the children can only go to school after the required documents have been processed.

According to Lee, the children do not possess Malaysian citizenship thus National Registration Department (NRD) was brought to the home yesterday to see help them with the requirements to get citizenship.

They cannot go to school without citizenship. Today (yesterday) we went through their documents and one of the children has applied for citizenship. NRD is here to help expedite the process, and I have contacted Miri Education Office to follow up on this case.

I urge the relevant ministry to expedite citizenship cases in the State and give special consideration to the children since it’s not their fault.

One of the three children was found wandering in the town area today before being brought to the police station, later assisted by the Welfare Department, Lee informed reporters at the home yesterday.

He said the three children have birth certificates but the foreign status of one of their parents makes schooling difficult.

We will bring these three children to Miri District Education Office with the existing documents so they have the opportunity to go to school, he explained.

The Senadin assemblyman advised NRD to visit rural areas to locate children without birth certificates.

SUPP helps many cases of late registration of births, especially among those living in rural areas, he said.

According to him, 21 out of 31 cases last year were approved by the government while the remaining 10 cases are being processed.

Present were Affrizan Bujang who heads the Miri NRD mobile teams and other NRD staff.

Source: The Borneo Post