DAP MPs Lim Kit Siang and Charles Santiago said that they will try to help the daughter of custodial death victim S Balamurugan, get a Malaysian identity card (IC).
Balamurugan’s daughter, Yanika, 14, was born in Thailand, where her mother is from.
Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, said that they will meet with Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to obtain an IC for Yanika.
“She came here when she was three-years-old, goes to school here, and her father is a Malaysian, so it is very clear.
“We hope the home minister will be able to resolve the problem,” Lim said when visiting the family’s home in Klang earlier today.
Yanika is currently attending a government school in Klang, although she is not of Malaysian citizenship.
She said her family pays a levy so she can attend public school and obtain a residential visa in Malaysia.
Now the family is left without a source of income as Balamurugan's widow, a Thai citizen, is unemployed.
“Once the funeral is over, I will meet up with the widow and see what possible help we can give, not only from the office but from the party as well,” Santiago, who is Klang MP, said.
The MPs also voiced dissatisfaction over police’s handling of this case, demanding for action against those responsible.
Balamurugan died in police custody on Feb 7, after vomiting blood at court earlier that day.
A post-mortem concluded that he died of heart failure, but his family has applied for a second post-mortem to be conducted as bruises on his body suggest otherwise.
The second post-mortem will be conducted today.- Mkini