By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, March 19: Ting Fong Lee is 42-years-old, but she has never been out of Malaysia for one simple reason — her numerous Malaysian citizenship applications were all rejected.
But now she can finally travel abroad thanks to Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Piasau.
SUPP Piasau helped her to apply for her Malaysian citizenship in her latest attempt, and it was approved on August 14 last year, but she only got her MyKad two weeks ago.
Fong Lee, whose father is a Sarawakian but mother a Bruneian, told DayakDaily that she had almost given up hope when her elder brother, who had just gotten his application approved then, suggested she approach SUPP Piasau for help, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Met at the office of Piasau assemblyman-cum-SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting, Fong Lee said, “Now I want to apply for my passport so that I can go somewhere for my first holiday overseas.”
Fong Lee narrated that her late father was working in Brunei before the whole family moved to Miri when she was one-year-old.
“My elder brother and I were both born in Brunei because our late father at that time was working there,” she said.
But her two younger siblings are Malaysian citizens because they were born in Malaysia.
“I want to thank Datuk Sebastian Ting Yew Chiew for his assistance,” she said.
Meanwhile, Sebastian said the ordeal faced by Fong Lee was similar to those faced by hundreds of people who had approach SUPP Piasau in the past one year.
“We (SUPP Piasau) will try our very best to assist these people so that they can live their lives with no worries about their future,” said Sebastian.
Also present was Kapitan Chai Soon Thin. — DayakDaily