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Birth certificates issued without names or details

Sungai Petani: Several birth certificates of Indians in the country were issued without names and details of the bearers, according to findings of a non-govermental organisation.

ERA Consumer Malaysia secretary-general T. Indrani said this was uncovered in a recent survey by her organization.

She claimed that the alleged irregularities by the National Registration Department (NRD) has made it difficult for those affected to obtain identity cards, get admission to schools or register their marriages.

She said two siblings in Kulim known only as Suguna, born on Dec 14, 1985, and her sister, Devagi, born on Aug 4, 1992, were registered with the words tiada bernama in the “nama” and “name of father” columns of the certificates.

Indrani said it was ironical that the tiada bernama birth certificates were signed by the Chief Registrar of Death and Birth from the Kedah Registration office in Alor Star.

“The siblings, now aged 13 and 20, were unable to register in a school all these years, cant read or write, have no identity cards and will face problems if they wish to register their marriages in future.

“Their mother claimed she was unable to register their names in the birth certificates as she could not contact her husband to produce his identity cards,” Indrani told reporters.

She said this after the opening of a forum on Role of Indian in Community and Family Development – The Legal Aspects by state executive councillor Khalidah Adibah Ayob at Park Avenue Hotel yesterday.

The Star – 11/04/05

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