Suspected ID theft: Malaysian hawker now finds himself a ‘Singaporean’
Posted by temasektimes on April 13, 2012
A 65 year old Malaysian hawker who has never travel outside Malaysia is now technically ‘stateless’ after the National Registration Department (NRD) claimed that he had renounced his citizenship and is now a Singaporean.
H’ng Yu Choon, from Penang found that the NRD did not recognise him as a Malaysian anymore when his application for the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) last year was rejected.
An officer told him their records showed he had migrated to Singapore recently and had opted to be a citizen of the island republic.
“I do not even have a passport, but according to the records, I renewed my international passport five times,” H’ng told the Malaysian media.
H’ng said he was a victim of a pickpocket some 30 years ago and had lost all his important documents in the incident. He lodged a police report then and had his identity card replaced.
H’ng has sought the assistance of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Public Services and Complaints Department whose head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said he would lodged a report to the Singapore High Commissioner:
H’ng also changed his identity card to a MyKad when the new system was introduced.
“I will be filing a report to the Singapore High Commissioner and we hope that H’ng from Singapore will come forward to assist the NRD in clarifying the matter,” he said, adding that he would also be lodging a police report if it was a case of identity theft.