KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9: National Public Complaints and Welfare Service Centre (PAR) chairman Datuk A. Chandrakumanan welcomed the decision made by Kedah State instructing schools to accept the intake of children without birth certificate.
“If the children do not have birth certificates, the children are not at fault, instead it is the negligence’s of the parents, they are the one to be blamed for reasons unknown the childrens are left in welfare homes and etc.
“We have many cases pending till today which we have submitted to JPN (National Registration Department) and KDN (Home Ministry) which are yet to get approval.
“We understand the law, but at the same time the government need to pay serious attention to this growing issues of childrens born out of wedlock,” he said in a statement today.
Chandrakumanan argued that if children without birth certificates are not allowed to go to school and get proper education, “we are indirectly allowing a virus to accumulate in the society”.
Chandrakumanan added that this is so because without basic education, these childrens could turn into rogues, gangster, and will be a waste in the society.
“Is this the type of society that we want our children to live in the future?” he asked.
Chandrakumanan said that Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah have made a bold decision by instructing schools in Kedah to accept children without birth certificate.
He added that this action should be followed by every other states.
“Most of the time, the complaints we receive are children without birth certificates are not accepted and more often they are from a poor background or from a welfare home.
“PAR Malaysia hope KDN could relax the law on Article 15A and shorten the waiting period of approval of Article 14 and 15A, because these children are not at fault.
“The government need to resolve this on going issues so that the kids are not deprived of their rights to be educated.
“In line with the spirit and intent Article 15A, if one of the parent is Malaysian, citizenship must be granted cutting the red tape. Unfortunately, this process takes up too much time and in many cases due to lack of documents, the child is deprived of his/her right of getting citizenship.
“We urge the government whilst upholding Malaysia’s obligations under Article 7 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child on the rights of every child to acquire a nationality. Article 14 confirm the status of a person born in Malaysia can apply for citizenship based on the status, if the mother or the father holds citizenship as stipulated in the Federal Constitution,” he added.
Chandrakumanan said that PAR Malaysia is working on the ground vigrously to gather database on the stateless born in Malaysia.
He also said that PAR Malaysia is doing a special program on “Documentation” nationwide and the next program will be held in Raub on Jan 22 from 9am till 5pm.
Those with such problems can visit PAR Malaysia and their staffs at Dewan Jubli Perak, or Majlis Daerah Raub, Pahang.
“PAR Malaysia recon than stateless children whose identity of parents are not known, immediate measures must be taken to eradicate this growing nos as their education and wellbeing are in jeopardy,” he added.