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DAP MP maintains stateless Indian problem as bad as claimed

Santiago claimed that only a fraction of the 300,000 alleged cases of undocumented ethnic Indians were resolved by the government's MyDaftar initiative. ― Picture by Choo Choy May
Santiago claimed that only a fraction of the 300,000 alleged cases of undocumented ethnic Indians were resolved by the government's MyDaftar initiative. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 — An Opposition lawmaker has insisted that the number of undocumented Indians ranged into many thousands, after the government pointed out that it received just 2,500 applications for citizenships from the community.

DAP's Charles Santiago claimed that only a fraction of the 300,000 alleged cases of undocumented ethnic Indians were resolved by the government's MyDaftar initiative.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday described the Opposition's continued allegation as a “fairy tale”, based on applications received by the registration scheme.

“While the nationwide registration exercise by the government is commendable, Najib and his Cabinet ministers cannot jump the gun and say that the Opposition’s claim of hundreds of thousands of stateless Indians is false,” he said in a press conference at Parliament today.

The Klang MP claimed that even his urban constituency was plagued by the issue, adding that the consequences of being undocumented extended to all facets of life, ranging from school enrolments to obtaining medical services at government facilities.

He then urged Putrajaya not to dismiss the severity of the issue or politicise the matter

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