I am touched and moved by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s passionate over the Rohingya plight.
Not only he led an impromptu donation drive for the persecuted Myanmar minority at the Merdeka Rides 2017 closing ceremony in Putrajaya, he also gave a passionate speech about human rights.
Ironically, hundreds of thousands stateless children living in Malaysia, but Zahid did not feel compelled to do something for them.
According to a parliamentary written reply by him, between 2012 and January 2017, 15,394 children born in Malaysia were denied citizenship even though their fathers are Malaysian citizens. This means that everyday, there are 8 children born without citizenship.
In November last year, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi revealed that there are 290,437 stateless children in Malaysia who are below the age of 18. A number even greater than the entire population of Perlis!
While these stateless children are not torched alive nor beheaded in such a cruel manner, but what lies ahead for them in Malaysia?
No free education like other Malaysian children, no free medical service in government hospital, no passport, no driving license, no permanent and decent job.
These stateless children are not foreigners, some of them are abandoned at birth, others are adopted but cannot trace their birth parents, and more are born to a foreign mother who did not register their marriage to their Malaysian spouse. Why are we punishing them due to the mistakes of their parents? Do I need to remind Zahid that these stateless children “are not animals, they are human beings whom we should show our concern”?
DAP are willing to work together with Zahid on Rohingya issue. But, is Zahid willing to work together with us on the stateless children issue in Malaysia so that we can simplify the process of granting citizenship to these stateless children?
Kera di hutan disusukan, tetapi jangan biarkan anak di rumah mati kelaparan.
For more information on stateless children, pls view the video at the link below: