SHAH ALAM, Dec 5 — A total of 2,259 citizenship documentation issues have been resolved by the state government’s special unit MySel since 2018.
This makes up close to half the 4,834 applications that have been filed under the state’s personal identification documentation programme to date.
State executive councillor for poverty eradication V. Papparaidu said of the resolved cases, issues concerning adopted children recorded the highest number with 910, followed by birth certificates with 400, citizenship with 312, red identity cards with 238, and immigration-related with 80, while the remaining involved other categories of cases.
He said the Malays make up the most number of approved applications at 38 per cent, followed by Chinese at 30.5 per cent, Indians at 27 per cent and others at 4.5 per cent.
“MySel has been operating actively since 2016, with the primary goal of assisting the poor who lack knowledge or do not know the right channel to legally obtain personal documents.
“This includes helping to resolve the issue of children with no birth certificate as a result of their parents’ marriages taking place in foreign soil, among other things,” he said in a press conference on MySel at his office at the State Secretariat Building, here, today.
Papparaidu said other factors contributing to the issue of undocumented children include negligence on the part of the parents in registering them, children being born out of wedlock, mothers failing to register for pregnancy checkups, lack of family support, and complicated documentation process.
“Through this (MySel) programme, affected individuals can now build a new life without the prejudice of the society.
“This programme is also in line with the state government’s desire to ensure every citizen in Selangor gets to enjoy the benefits under the Iltizam Selangor Penyayang initiative,” he said.