Stateless Fil-Malaysian teen finally gets citizenship after 17 years
It took Filipino-Malaysian teen Navin Moorthy 17 years to get his citizenship recognized by the Malaysian government.
On April 5, Moorthy finally received his Citizenship Certificate from Malaysia's National Registration Department (NRD), more than a year after he won a legal battle for the right to his citizenship, a report on Malay Mail Online said.
The report said Moorthy, who is about to turn 18 in three months, is the son of a Malaysian father and a Filipino mother.
With this development, Moorthy is set to receive his identity card, an important requirement in applying for bank loans, driving licences and passports. It is a compulsory identity card for Malaysian citizens above the age of 12.
A separate report on The Star said according to Moorthy's lawyer Annou Xavier, as a full-fledged citizen, Moorthy can now "go to university as a Malaysian, he can apply for a driving license or buy flight tickets to go traveling and more."