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Families' citizenship nightmare over
Published on: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The citizenship mess that entangled two Tamparuli families for so long may soon be resolved after it was brought to the attention of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the Home Minister, by Upko acting president and Tuaran MP Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.

The Voo and Yong families personally conveyed their gratitude to Zahid before the Sabah BN meeting Monday night at Le Meridien Hotel here.

The brief impromptu meeting was arranged by Tangau who is Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Tangau took the matter seriously after listening to the plea of the two families who are full-fledged Malaysian but due to technicalities have faced so much hardship resulting in their children's application for MyKad being rejected.

They have tried almost everything since 2003 to no avail. Tangau immediately wrote a letter to Zahid seeking a remedy to the problem. The response was positive.

Upko Bukit Perahu branch chief, Ricky Chin who was responsible in bringing up the matter to Tangau's attention said the positive development showed that the Barisan Nasional's government care for the people.

Chin who accompanied the families to meet Zahid said Tangau had also showed that he is a leader for all his constituents irrespective of race and religion.

The Voo family had been facing problem in getting Voo Xiao Yun, 21 her MyKad following late birth registration.

Her two younger sisters, however are a MyKad holder.

For brothers, Yong Son Leong and Yong Kah Leong, 22 and 21 respectively, their applications for a MyKad had been rejected due to technical problems concerning their parents marriage.

Both of their parents have since passed away aggravating to the problem. They are currently being taken care by their uncle Yong Chiap Fah, 55.

During the meet-the-people session at Kampung Tomis Jaya in Kiulu, Tangau had expressed disappointment that such things could still occured.

"But, we are fortunate because we have a Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister who listens to the people," he said.

He assured that the BN would not overlook problems faced by the grassroots and strive to resolve them.

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