'Troublemaker Penans' find it difficult to get ICs

K Kabilan

Modified 24 Nov 2009, 11:34 am

Bungan is 30-year-old Penan woman who lives in the interior of Sarawak. She is married with two children, one of whom has a family of her own.

A shy person by nature, Bungan does not speak Bahasa Malaysia. In fact she has hardly stepped out of her village which is located in Ulu Baram.

NONE Some of the rare occasions she has ventured out into the ‘civilised world' were to deliver her two children and to seek medical attention, when there was an urgent need to see a doctor.

These were all done in a small town called Long San, located about five hours away from her village.

The last time she visited Long San was in February last year when she went to apply for her MyKad. She was 29 then and had missed applying for it at the age of 12, like the rest of us Malaysians do.

She was given a receipt by the National Registration Department and asked to come back in six months to collect her MyKad.

However, she was in for a shock when she went back to collect her MyKad in late August. She was told that she had collected her identity card on July 14.

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