Melaka, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps
Melaka, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

After a long struggle, an Indonesian-Chinese woman now married to a Malaysian has managed to get a Malaysian identity card for her nine-year-old son, who was born before the couple registered their marriage.

The couple also have another son, now 11, who has not yet been able to acquire a “MyKid” ID card like his younger brother.

The Malaysian man, now 38, and his wife, now 36, had their first son in 2007 and the second one in 2009, but did not register their marriage until 2011, Sin Chew Daily reported. As a result, neither boy was able to get a MyKid card and thus could not enjoy the civil rights of a Malaysian citizen, unlike their younger brother, now aged two, who got his ID card when he was born to the then legally married couple.

For many years, the couple had tried to obtain ID cards for their first two sons from the Ministry of Home Affairs but were running out of hope until they sought help from Chua Lian Chye, a member of the Central Committee of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Malaysian People’s Movement Party) and the party’s state chairman in Melaka.

The party will continue to help other undocumented elderly people and children get ID cards, Chua said in a press briefing on April 26.

The boys’ grandmother, 65, said she was happy that her nine-year-old grandson had been granted a MyKid card, China Press reported. She hopes that her 11-year-old grandson will also be granted one soon.

MyKid is an ID card issued to children under the age of 12. Malaysians older than that get a MyKad, which includes a photograph of the holder and a thumbprint, which MyKid does not. Both are chip-embedded. According to the National Registration Department, “‘My’ denotes ‘Malaysia’ and ‘Kid’ is the Malay abbreviation for ‘personal identity card.’”