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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:11

WE typically refrain from 'stealing' articles, but this piece by Malaysiakini is a must read - a lawmaker who's willing to walk the talk yet gets thwarted in the effort. Howzat, Mr Prime Minister?

By Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

First published in Malaysiakini (subscription required)


Picture / The Star file picture

IN a bid to reject racial politics, a state assemblyperson attempted to register her daughter's race as 'Anak Malaysia' but was told by national registration officers that the current system does not allow this.

The six-day-old baby girl, Shay Adora Ram, who almost became the nation's first official 'anak Malaysia', is the first child of Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh and Ramachandran Muniandy.

The parents went to the National Registration Department headquarters in Putrajaya today to register Shay for her birth certificate.

"We were given a form to fill up. So we put 'anak Malaysia' in the column for 'race', but we were told by the officer that her race must be defined according to the parents' race, which is Chinese or Indian," Yeoh (right) told Malaysiakini when contacted today.

"We replied that my daughter is not Chinese or Indian."


Yeoh then opted to leave the column blank but this was again rejected by the officer.

"They said there is no provision to leave it blank. The system is incapable of registering our child. We must choose either one race," said the DAP lawmaker, adding that the lain-lain (others) category was also not available for her daughter.

The frustrated couple decided not to complete the registration process today, but was told that late registration would be more complicated and might affect the child in terms of medical treatment and other matters.

Having no choice but to safeguard their daughter's interest, the couple registered Shay as Chinese, for the time being.

"I'm going to write to the prime minister and the department's director-general to appeal.

"The system of registering citizens should be reflective of what the prime minister is preaching every day," said Yeoh.

"My husband and I are very vocal about racial issue. I don't want my child to look at her birth certificate one day and ask why we did not do what we preach."


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Sheila |2011-06-08 14:16:39


I'm glad about your stand but when all else failed to register Shay as anak Malaysia, why did they choose Chinese and not Indian....just wondering???? Doesn't one follow the father's race or just the more SUPERIOR race????
Wondering |2011-06-09 20:55:16

:confused: what confused too wondering why in the 'malaysia' the baby was labeled as cina?.As far as i know it follows father ethnicity rite?.My friend is also a CHINDIA but if you look at his's stated India.Maybe liek confused said,it might something to do with self claimed race @ SUPERIOR race so that in the future she can kongsi kongsi inside only??.Finally,let me tell you something.You NOT GONNA BE ABLE to change this country although it took another 200 years.Malays won't change.Pusing sana pusing sana will back to 'their' religion.This is not something special.All Islamic countries are like this.My Advice...migrate YB!
ttm |2011-06-15 13:07:27
Maybe you guys should try thinking


. Does it make sense for a couple who took the trouble to get away from racist connotations to then make a choice based on racist connotations? Maybe they want the child to have an indian name but legally chinese to make their point about the child's multi-ethnic roots (thus anak Malaysia) and also to make their child aware of her parents' passionate convictions?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:32

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