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A stateless Malaysia-born boy who has been legally adopted by a Malaysian couple in Penang will now get another attempt in court to seek to be recognised as a Malaysian citizen.

The teenage boy — identified only as C to protect his identity — yesterday won leave at the Federal Court to appeal against a previous court decision against his citizenship bid.

This means the country’s highest court will hear questions of law and the constitution that arose in his bid to be known as a Malaysian.

Now 16, C has spent the past three years pursuing his bid in the courts — through his adoptive Malaysian parents — to finally be known as a Malaysian.

Born in January 2004 in a hospital in Kuala Lumpur to unknown biological parents who cannot be located, the child C has been under the care of the Penang couple since his birth.

Based on court papers, the Malaysian couple had in July 2017 legally adopted C through a court order, and had subsequently in September 2017 provided the court order and returned the child’s original birth certificate to the National Registration Department (NRD) to allow for C to be registered in the Adopted Children Register and for a new birth certificate to be issued.

When the new birth certificate was issued in September 2017 by the NRD, the birth certificate named C’s adoptive Malaysian parents as his “father” and “mother”, but stated C’s nationality to be bukan warganegara or non-citizen. 

His new birth certificate was also red in colour due to the non-citizen status, unlike birth certificates for Malaysian citizens that are green in colour. 

This then resulted in C’s parents spending the next three years asking for the courts to provide official recognition of the boy as a Malaysian citizen.

The three-year legal journey so far

On December 18, 2017, C’s adoptive Malaysian parents filed for themselves and on his behalf for judicial review at the High Court over the NRD’s refusal to recognise the child as a citizen, naming the Registrar-General of Births and Deaths, Malaysia — who signed the red-coloured birth certificate — as the sole respondent of the lawsuit. At that time, C was still 13 years old.

The High Court on March 20, 2018, granted leave for the judicial review application to be heard, with High Court judge Nordin Hassan proceeding to hear the judicial review on May 16, 2019, before deciding on July 3, 2019, to dismiss C’s citizenship bid.

After filing an appeal on July 31, 2019, the Court of Appeal on July 1, 2020, heard C’s appeal against the High Court’s dismissal of his citizenship bid.

On the same day of the hearing, the Court of Appeal’s three-man panel composed of Datuk Kamardin Hashim, Datuk Has Zanah Mehat and Datuk Azizah Nawawi dismissed C’s appeal.

The Federal Court yesterday heard C’s application for leave to appeal, the child’s lawyers told Malay Mail.

Led by lawyer Raymond Mah and assisted by lawyers Jasmine Wong and Eric Toh, the trio represented C in arguing that the Federal Court should hear the child’s appeal.

While the Registrar-General of Births and Deaths — which was represented by senior federal counsels Mazlifah Ayob and Shamsul Bolhassan — had opposed leave being granted for the appeal, C’s lawyers said that the Federal Court had yesterday decided to grant C leave for appeal and granting for all five questions of law proposed by C to be heard.

The Federal Court’s decision yesterday was delivered by a three-man panel composed of Federal Court judges Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli, Datuk Zaleha Yusof, and Datuk Seri Hasnah Mohammed Hashim.

When the Federal Court hears C’s appeal on a later date, the legal issues that will be examined are expected to include arguments from C’s lawyers that he is a citizen by operation of law, or in other words that he is a citizen automatically because of provisions in the Federal Constitution.

Here are the five questions of law to be heard:

  1. Whether a child who (i) was born in Malaysia and (ii) did not acquire citizenship of any other country within one year from his date of birth, is a citizen of Malaysia by operation of law pursuant to Article 14(1)(b) and Part II Section 1(e) and Section 2(3) of the Second Schedule of the Federal Constitution.
  2.  Whether Part II Section 1(e) of the Second Schedule of the Federal Constitution requires a child to prove the identity of his/her biological parents and/or that they are not foreign citizens.
  3.  Whether the word “parents” in Part II Section 1(a) of the Second Schedule of the Federal Constitution should be given a restrictive interpretation to mean only the child’s biological parents.
  4. Whether a certificate of birth issued under Section 25A of the Adoption Act 1952 shall pursuant to subsection (5) “for all purposes be known as the Certificate of Birth of the child” and pursuant to subsection (6) “shall be received without further or other proof as evidence” of the child’s parents for the purpose of Article 14(1)(b) and Part II Section 1(a) of the Second Schedule of the Federal Constitution.
  5. Whether a birth certificate which has been “surrendered” to the Registrar General of Births and Deaths pursuant to Section 25A(1)(b) of the Adoption Act 1952 and “replaced” by a new birth certificate issued pursuant to Section 25A(5) of the Adoption Act 1952, can still be referred to by the Registrar General of Births and Deaths or the courts for the purposes of determining a child’s “parents”.

Why is citizenship recognition so important for C?

In court papers to support C’s citizenship bid through the courts, his adoptive father said the child is effectively stateless, as the registrar had registered the boy as a non-citizen of Malaysia while the boy is not a citizen of any other country.

C’s adoptive father said that the child will be denied multiple things with the current status of non-citizen, noting that the child cannot obtain a Malaysian passport and has been deprived of the freedom or right to travel abroad.

The adoptive father also said C as a non-citizen cannot attend public schools and public universities, and cannot obtain medical treatment at government clinics and hospitals, and cannot open bank accounts, obtain banking facilities, purchase insurance policies, purchase property or register his marriage.

While the child could apply for citizenship registration from the Home Ministry under Article 15A of the Federal Constitution, such applications could take up to two years or more for a decision to be made while subsequent attempts could also take years for a response, based on the past experiences of other Malaysia-born stateless individuals seeking citizenship recognition.

Article 15A states that the federal government may “in such special circumstances as it thinks fit” register anyone below the age of 21 as a citizen, which means that it carries an age limit of when someone can apply under Article 15A. 

On November 14, 2018 when C was 14 years old, his parents did apply for citizenship by registration under Article 15A, but there had been no response from the government.


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — Recently, the story of a man who lost his job during the movement control order (MCO) went viral on social media and touched the hearts of netizens.

The man had told a local radio station that he kept his job loss a secret from his wife as he did not want her to get worried. Every morning for the last three months, he would get ready as usual and pretend to go to work. As soon as he leaves his house, he would look for some odd jobs to do to earn some money.

“As the head of my family, it was hard for me to tell my wife I had lost my job… I felt so guilty and didn’t have the heart to tell her the truth,” he was quoted as saying.

This man is among many Malaysians who were laid off by companies affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Losing one’s job and source of income suddenly can have an adverse effect on one’s mental health, especially if they have a family dependent on them.

It was reported recently that a former pilot plunged to his death from his condominium unit in Puchong, Selangor. Apparently, he was depressed as he had lost his job.

In another case earlier this month, a cook who lost his job due to the Covid-19 crisis took his own life by hanging himself in his home in Taman Berjaya, Simpang Renggam, Johor.

Higher levels of anxiety

Now with Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 case numbers rising to unprecedented levels and amid fears over re-enforcement of movement restrictions, it is not an exaggeration to say that people are beginning to feel anxious all over again.

In fact, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced yesterday that Selangor, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah will be placed under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) following the spike in Covid-19 cases. The CMCO in Sabah takes effect from today until Oct 26. In Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, it will begin at 12.01 am on Oct 14 until Oct 27.

Commenting on the current situation, occupational health expert Dr Shawaludin Husin said it is not impossible for the anxiety graph to show an upward trajectory during these uncertain times.

He said in the initial stage of the pandemic, people were more worried about their health and exposure to infection.

At that point, they were mainly stressed about adapting to the work-from-home environment and use of certain digital applications to stay in touch with their bosses and colleagues, as well as getting used to the new normal.

“But the MCO’s greatest impact is its effect on the economy when many workers were terminated or asked to go on leave without pay. Many employers on their part were forced to suspend their operations temporarily while others had to fold up their businesses due to financial constraints,” he said.

The subsequent enforcement of the conditional and recovery phases of the MCO brought some relief to workers and employers. Although the business environment is not as buoyant as it used to be, they are relieved that they can resume their business activities as long as they comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Ministry of Health.

End of moratorium

Besides the spike in Covid-19 cases over the past two weeks, the end of the six-month moratorium on loan repayment on Sept 30 is also causing anxiety levels to rise.

Dr Shawaludin, who is also Malaysian Society of Occupational Safety and Health president, told Bernama the pandemic’s economic impact on the people and companies will be revealed come the end of October.  

“Over the last several months, the moratorium and various incentives and aid provided by the government helped to relieve their financial burden to a certain extent.

“But after this (end of moratorium), not only will workers have a headache but their employers too as they would also have to start servicing the loans they took to buy their buildings, machines and equipment. They have to ensure that they have the adequate cash flow to pay the salaries of their employees and take care of other costs,” he said.

Unchecked stress levels due to loss of job and business can lead to psychosocial hazards that are more serious, he said, adding that studies and surveys should be carried out with regard to the current economic status of the people and how long the government incentives can sustain them.  

Be considerate

Urging employers to be frank with their workforce over matters related to their financial situation and refrain from terminating their services without any warning, Dr Shawaludin said this will give their employees some time to find a new job as they have families to feed.    

“The employees too have to be considerate and think of the burden borne by their employers. They (workers) should remember the contributions of their employers and try their best to help their company to recover,” he said.

In the current scenario, both employers and workers must learn to be more creative and be bold enough to try new strategies to keep businesses afloat, he added.  

Dr Shawaludin also said in view of the ongoing pandemic, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that their premises are Covid-19 free and workers comply with the SOPs.

He said the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 has provisions to ensure a safe and healthy working environment that is free of chemical hazards and noise pollution and even biological hazards such as Covid-19 infection.

“In this respect, anyone caught flouting SOPs, such as not scanning the QR code or taking their temperature or observing physical distancing or wearing a face mask should not be allowed entry into the premises because their behaviour can cause harm to others,” he added.

Improve awareness

Meanwhile, Nasrullah Zainal Abidin, a psychology officer at Universiti Teknologi Mara’s Negeri Sembilan branch campus in Rembau, said by right the issue of mental health should be accorded the same importance as physical ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.

He said as part of measures to raise more awareness among the people on mental health care, the role played by professionals in that field such as counsellors, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and social workers should be given due recognition.

Existing policies may also need to be improved to elevate their professionalism, he added.

“The health and safety of workers should not just cover their physical aspect but their psychological aspect as well as it contributes to their overall well-being.

“If all two aspects are not cared for, it will affect the productivity of an organisation,” said Nasrullah, adding that issues such as burnout and uncontrolled stress can lead to high levels of absenteeism.

Poor employer-employee communication, lack of motivation and personal problems like financial and family troubles are among the factors that contribute to mental health issues among workers.

Some organisations, he added, have made the right move in setting up trained peer counselling groups at the workplace to check mental health issues among the workers.


Netizens are sharing their fears and frustrations on social media amid a possible second lockdown

As coronavirus deaths pass one million across the world, the recent number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia are also rising.

Currently, most cases originate from Sabah and Sabah returnees to Peninsular Malaysia.

Terms such as ‘PKP 2.0’ and ‘MCO 2.0’ are trending on Twitter as Malaysians are anticipating a second Movement Control Order (MCO).

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Several students shared how they are struggling to complete their studies properly

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According to Malay Mail, students are feeling pressured practising online learning because of stress, inefficiency, and poor Internet coverage.

On top of that, the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) noted that the unemployment rate among fresh graduates may increase up to 25% this year.

Meanwhile, other Malaysians are strongly against PKP 2.0 fearing abuse and mental health issues

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In a report by Malay Mail, more than half of Malaysians were experiencing negative mental wellness during MCO.

Back in March, Befrienders Kuala Lumpur reported an increase in calls for emotional support, according to New Straits Times.


Malaysians, if you have the need to shop, there’s some excellent news for you.

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) announced a new initiative to boost the country’s economy.

It’s called the Shop Malaysia Online campaign, and it started on August 1, 2020, and it will run until the end of September 2020.

The campaign is under the National Economy Recovery Plan or better known to Malaysians as PENJANA. It’s the same program that allows Malaysians to claim US$11.93 (RM50) which is credited into the ewallet of their choice.

22 ecommerce partners will be involved in this campaign. Some of these partners are big-name players in the Malaysian ecommerce scene like Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, Foodpanda, Grab, and more.

MDEC stated that the Malaysian government would be allocating US$16 million (RM70 million) to get this campaign running. It also added that all participating partners have collectively matched the government’s funds bringing that total to US$52 million (RM140 million) for sales promotions.

MDEC CEO Surina Shukri said, “By helping Malaysian sellers make the digital leap and evolve into digitally powered businesses, we hope to bolster Malaysians’ confidence to participate in the digital economy and overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic.

“Through Shop Malaysia Online, consumers choosing to shop local are also showing support to local businesses, helping them and their families in these challenging times.”

There are a large number of promo codes that are already available for you to use.


If you like tech, somewhere along the line, you’ve probably owned a Xiaomi Mi Band.

For those of you who don’t know what the heck that is, it’s a smart band that connects to your phone via Bluetooth.

You can check your phone’s notification, track your fitness, and heart rate all without pulling out your phone.

And if you live in Malaysia, we have some good news. The latest Mi Band 5 has arrived on your shores. If you’re thinking of getting an upgrade from the Mi Band 4 or previous models, this might be a worthy upgrade.

The new Mi Band 5 comes with a 1.1-inch AMOLED display, which is larger than its predecessor’s 0.95-inch display. It also has an improved magnetic charging port at the back, and unlike the Mi Band 4, you won’t have to remove it from the strap to get it charged.

Sadly, the battery lasts far shorter than the Mi Band 4, which can give you about 20 days of usage on a single charge. However, the Mi Band 5 can only last up to 14 days or 20 days in low powered mode. But it does support the same 5 ATM water resistance, which means it can be submerged underwater for up to 50 meters.

As for the watch face, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of faces, which allows you to control the type of information that’s being displayed. It’s also made to cater to women, as it now comes with a menstrual cycle tracking feature.

However, the global version of the Mi Band 5 doesn’t come with an NFC chip. Which means you won’t be able to make payments using the band. If you want that feature, you’ll need to get your hands on the Chinese version.

Lastly, it comes with most of the other features on the Mi Band 4, such as GPS tracking for your runs, 24-hour heartbeat and sleep monitor, and six workout modes.

While the Mi Band 5 has already been selling in the market, this official announcement means that it will come under the Xiaomi Malaysia warranty, so you don’t need to be extra careful with the band anymore.

The Mi Band 5 retails for US$40 (RM169) and can be purchased on Xiaomi’s official Shopee or Lazada stores.


PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The Malaysian government is considering whether to go with a fine or jail time for those refusing to “mask up” once the use of face masks is made mandatory in public places, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the growing number of infections was worrying, as the number of new Covid-19 cases hit double digits for the third straight day on Tuesday (July 21).

There were 15 cases on Tuesday with 11 of them being local transmissions.

If the wearing of a face mask is made mandatory in public places under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act, Dr Noor Hisham said that those flouting the law could either be fined RM1,000 (S$324) or put in jail.

“The Health Ministry is encouraging the use of face masks, especially in public places, high-risk places or places where social distancing of one metre apart is hard to enforce.

“We have currently not made it mandatory because once we make it mandatory under the Act, we would have to consider the punishment.

“We are still looking at the punishment – whether to fine or give jail time for those not wearing face masks – once its use is made compulsory, ” he said during a briefing on Tuesday.

He reiterated the ministry’s recommendation on the use of face masks, which could reduce the risk of infection by 65 per cent as well as social distancing, which could reduce transmission by up to 70 per cent.

Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia recorded seven recoveries on Tuesday.

As for the 15 new infections, he said four were from imported cases involving three Malaysians and one foreigner.

Nine of the 11 local cases were from Sarawak.

Out of those, one was a foreigner who tested positive during new arrival screening at the Semuja Immigration depot in Sarawak. “Five of the cases are from a new cluster – the Sentosa Hospital cluster. There are currently six cases in this cluster; the first was detected on July 19, ” he said.

Those affected in this cluster were five medical workers and another one from a cleaning company.

All six of them are being treated at the Sarawak General Hospital.

There were no new deaths on Tuesday. The number of fatalities remained at 123.


As much as Malaysians love to party, staying safe and Covid-19-free seems like a pretty good reason to stay in for now

A whopping 328 individuals were arrested yesterday (19th July), for attending pubs and nightclubs, a restriction that has yet to be lifted under the RMCO. Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, said a total of 383 people were caught by a joint special task force for taking part in prohibited activities.

“Of the total 383 individuals arrested for violating the MCO, 328 of them were detained for going to nightclubs and pubs. 32 have been remanded, while 351 were issued compounds (of RM1,000 each),” said the minister in a statement recorded by the Sun Daily. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first instance of people violating MCO rules to go clubbing. Previously, 96 individuals were detained by authorities when they were discovered violating SOPs at pubs and nightclubs.

The RMCO task force that was set up by the police conducted 61,907 inspections nationwide on Sunday.

Ismail Sabri added that, in total, 2,809 enforcement teams involving 11,996 personnel were deployed to conduct checks on 3,681 supermarkets, 5,535 restaurants, 1,882 hawkers, 2,086 factories, 3,458 banks and 754 government offices.

“Checks were also done on 1,166 land transportation terminals, 214 water transport terminals, and 96 air transport terminals,” said the minister.

Party animals and club-goers can resume their eventful night lives once the virus no longer poses a threat to society. But until then, there’s no harm in following the SOPs to prevent another outbreak from happening. 


Over the past couple of weeks, multiple announcements were made by the government concerning the re-opening of sectors and industries as part of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). But with so many changes being made, it can be hard to keep track of what’s allowed to re-open and what’s not, especially with all the SOPs we still have to abide to.

But we’ve made things easier for you guys by summarizing everything that’s opening up again starting 1st July! Here’s a roundup of everything that’s opening:

1. Pre-schools and kindergartens allowed to open 

Parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief as it was announced that pre-schools and kindergartens would be allowed to operate again this month after all ministers were briefed on the SOPs of how this would take place. Under this category, daycare centres and nurseries are also allowed to resume operations.

2. Swimming pools can resume operations but permission is needed 

Ready for a dip in the pool? Swimming pools including public pools, condominium and apartment pools as well as pools in sports complexes are now allowed to open within the guided SOPs and under the conditions set by governing authorities. These include obtaining permission from local governing authorities, limiting the number of people in the pool at a time and regular daily cleanings after each visit.

3. Cinemas and Live Events allowed to resume operations

Movie buffs will be thrilled at this one! Cinemas and live events will commence operations today. However, Defence Minister, Ismail Sabri, stressed that these can only take place in closed environments and halls. There will also be tightly implemented SOPs including social distancing and the limiting of attendees according to the size of the event space. GSCinemas and TGV cinemas are also having a pretty sweet deal for movie reruns in conjunction with opening-up. You can check those out here!

4. Spa, Wellness and Reflexology Centres allowed to operate 

Stressed about going back to work after months of working from home? Sounds like you could use a spa day. And now that it’s July, that’s finally allowed! Spa, wellness and reflexology centres are allowed to open up today so you can book that well-deserved massage. However, this only extends to local Malaysians and SOPs such as taking temperature, registration and wearing face masks at all times will still apply.

5. All social events, including birthdays, engagement parties and weddings now allowed to be held 

If you’re one of those unlucky individuals who had to postpone your birthday bash or tying the knot no thanks to the pandemic, this is good news for you! You can now throw the party of your dreams…within the guidelines of the SOPs, of coures. There will still be a 250-person limit to the number of attendees allowed which will vary according to the size of the event space. These social gatherings will also only be allowed to run for a maximum of three to five hours, and all guests will have to register their presence on the MySejahtera app.

6. Theme Parks & Water Parks allowed to open

Calling all adrenaline junkies and kids! All dry and wet theme parks are now allowed to operate again. Operators will still strictly enforce social distancing among the park-goers and SOPs will have to be followed accordingly. All guests will need to have their temperatures checked before they enter the premises and hand sanitisers should be stationed at different locations.

7. Tourism sub-sectors will begin opening up in stages 

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions) for travel and trade fair will now be allowed to take place. As with all other events, SOPs will be in place to ensure that not more than 250 people are allowed to attend, with consideration placed on the size of the event space.

And in conjunction with the domestic tourism sector opening up again, the KL tower is hosting a campaign called “We Are Free Campaign 2020” so visitors can enjoy a free pass to the KL Tower observation deck from today till the end of 31st July 2020!

Did someone say FREE? Yes, you saw that correctly. You’ll be able to enjoy the breathtaking city view from spectacular heights for the cost of nothing. However, all visitors are required to abide by the SOP’s specified by MKN and KKM and the number of guests will be limited by the tower’s capacity.


It was recently reported that many Malaysians are taking to social media to complain about their weight gain during the Movement Control Order

Bernama reported that it was not surprising as people homebound were less active physically and could easily order their meals online.

Unfortunately, this recent occurrence is only the surface of a much bigger problem in Malaysia.

Released last month, the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS 2019) found that half of the Malaysian population was too fat

With a study sample of almost 15,000 people from across all states, the NHMS 2019 found that a concerning 50.1%of adults in Malaysia were either overweight (30.4%) or obese (19.7%).

These four-yearly surveys run by the Institute for Public Health show that the prevalence of being overweight and obesity in Malaysia has been steadily increasing over the years. Compared to 2015, the prevalence was 48.6%.

Children are also not spared from the issue. Almost one-third (29.8%) of Malaysian children between the ages of five and 17 are overweight (15.0%) or obese (14.8%).

The NHMS 2019 also revealed that overweight and obesity levels were particularly high among women (54.7%), ethnic Indians (63.9%), and those aged 55 to 59 (60.9%).

Worryingly, the survey also found that one in five Malaysian adults, or 3.9 million people, suffer from diabetes

According to Malay Mail, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, who presented the NHMS 2019 findings, said that the prevalence of diabetes has increased to 18.3%, compared to only 13.4% recorded in 2015.

“The rise in the number of diabetes cases in Malaysia is among the worrying findings in the NHMS 2019. About 49% of diabetics in Malaysia have never been screened or diagnosed with the disease,” he said.

It was also clear that Malaysians generally did not lead healthy lifestyles.

Dr Adham added that based on the survey, one in four adults aged 16 and above in Malaysia were not physically active.

Furthermore, it was found that 95% of adults in Malaysia did not consume the recommended daily amount of vegetables and fruits.

These are the main reasons why Malaysia’s life expectancy has been stuck at 75 years for the past one decade

Obesity and the chronic diseases that it can lead to such as diabetes, kidney failure, and heart disease have been contributing to premature deaths in the country.

However, obesity can be prevented with some simple lifestyle changes.

In an interview with Bernama, Universiti Putra Malaysia public health expert Dr Norliza Ahmad said that factors contributing to obesity can be classified into four categories, namely food, physical activity, environment, and genetics.

“The two main factors are food and physical activity,” she said.

“Basically, if food intake is not accompanied by energy expenditure through physical activities, the excess energy is stored as fat in the body,” she explained.

The other factors that contribute to obesity are diseases, stress, and medicines, she said. However, these factors are usually not within a person’s control.


Malaysia has eased travel restrictions under the recovery MCO phase which started from June 10 until Aug 31.

“Initially, I wanted to follow my husband back to Indonesia, but our Immigration Department did not allow Malaysians to travel overseas. I am worried about our situation and my three-year-old daughter keeps asking about her father. I could only say that he is at work, ” said the 29-year-old.

The government yesterday announced that foreign spouses of Malaysians and their children would be allowed to return to Malaysia after they obtain permission from the Immigration Department.

Newly married Nurul Shafikah Eting, 20, and her Bangladeshi husband are stranded in his home country.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and without the spouse visa, my husband had been unable to return home, ” said Nurul Shafikah, who is from Sabah.

The entrepreneur, who is pregnant, said they hoped to return to Malaysia soon.

Ruby Yeo, 35, said she had been frustrated at not being able to get a long-term social visit pass (LTSVP) for her Polish husband, Arthur, 45, who will have to leave Malaysia in August.

“We don’t even know if there will be flights for him to leave or for him to return,” the business owner said said.

She said they wanted to apply for LTSVP or spouse visa earlier but was told by the Immigration Department that her husband would not be eligible.