In 2018, at the age of 37 years old, Sanker approached DHRRA Malaysia with his documentation issue. Sankar has not been able to register his birth. Separated from his mother for the past 20 years, all his attempts to secure his birth registration failed.
Looking into his situation, DHRRA worked together with NRD to search for his mother. To Sanker’s delight, DHRRA successfully located his mother, who has been working and living in Negeri Sembilan all these years. When approached, Maheswari was more than happy to be reunited with her son and willing to come forward to complete Sanker’s birth registration. However, she declined Sanker’s request to live with him. DHRRA also found out that Maheswari is a red IC holder – a permanent resident. DHRRA assisted Sanker and his mother to submit the Late Birth Registration application.
3 years later, in June 2020, Sanker received a letter from NRD. Battling with a terminal illness by then, Maheswari sighed with relief learning about the letter – her final desire to register her son’s birth as citizen of Malaysia is coming true. However, her hopes were dashed when she learnt that the letter was a call for the next stage of the application – DNA test. Sanker and Maheswari were requested to come in for blood sampling at a clinic in Petaling Jaya.
At this point of time, Maheswari was admitted in a hospital in Negeri Sembilan for last stage of cancer. She was then discharged with no hope of recovery. Suffering from the terminal illness, she was in no condition to travel out of state as she was frail and weak. Yet, she really wanted to complete the registration process for her son before it’s too late. After a discussion with NRD, with permission, DHRRA organized for the blood sample to be drawn at a nearby clinic in Negeri Sembilan. Holding onto her life, in pain and despair, Maheswari found the strength to make the journey to the clinic and gave her blood to secure her son’s future. The blood sample was then transferred to the Chemical Department in Petaling Jaya.
Two days later, Maheswari took her last breath. Her last hope on her deathbed was that her last drop of blood will complete her son’s birth registration process and enable him to lead a life with joy, success and dignity after her passing. We hope, Sanker will be granted his Malaysian birth registration.