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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Malaysia Hindu Sangam happy with ACCIN's help.

As I wished for, the Malaysia Hindu Sangam have issued an update about the case of the dead Hindu Mr.Amaran, whose remains has been released to his family after ACCIN had successfully intervened and handled the case which was due to an error on the part of the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara @ National Registration Department.

The late Mr.Amaran, a practicing Hindu had been erroneously registered as a Muslim in his MyKad.

I had written about it earlier and upon doing my follow up and research into the matter was equally relieved to learn that the matter had been solved by ACCIN upon getting an update from a Dr.Bala Tharmalingam, CEO of the Bukit Merah Laketown Institute of Allied Health Sciences, a nursing college.

Dr.Bala is an official of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam.

This is the Malaysia Hindu Sangam's official press statement following the settlement of the case.

PRESS STATEMENT - MHS happy with amicable solution.

19 February 2009

The Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) is extremely delighted that the matter of the body of the deceased Mr Amaran has been safely released, by the Serdang Hospital authorities, to his family. They have now been able to complete the necessary Hindu funeral rites for the late Mr Amaran.

That this matter has been resolved swiftly in a peaceful manner, is a strong testimony to the importance of the ongoing dialogue between the representative bodies of the various religious groups in Malaysia as well as the Government. This initiative has resulted in arriving at a harmonious solution to this situation, and more importantly, the family is at peace during their time of grief.

The Malaysia Hindu Sangam wishes to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Prime Minister, the Menteri Besar of Selangor, as well as JAIS (Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor), ACCIN (Allied Coordinating Committee of Islamic NGOs) and other NGOs that have approached this situation in a pragmatic manner.

We also now look forward to the joint-meeting to be held next week from 24th February, between MCCBCHS (Malaysian Consultative Council On Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism & Taioism) as well as ACCIN, together with the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts & Heritage. This joint-meeting will be an excellent opportunity for the representative bodies of various religious groups in Malaysia to openly discuss methods to improve and strengthen our multi-cultural ties, which has long been a Malaysian tradition.

The true spirit of Muhibbah has prevailed.

Dated 19th February 2009

Datuk A Vaithilingam
Malaysia Hindu Sangam


My plea to all Malaysians especially to those who have errors in their MyKad.

Please go get those errors rectified immediately the minute you become aware of it!

I for one am perplexed as to how you can have such errors go unnoticed by you when you collect your MyKad from the National Registration Department?

How and why have you accepted such a MyKad when you know that the particulars aren't correct?

We can't just lay the blame on every other person can we if we ourselves are just too condescending in the first place?

We have the right to ensure that our details are correctly and properly registered in any official documentation no matter what!

It is our responsibility as well that we do not allow any error in any of our official identification and travel documents or anything that has to do with our person as a rightful citizen of this country!

Not a jot or a dot that is out of place or any typo errors must be disregarded no matter what?

Upon realizing that something is not right, you must there and then point it out to the official attendingto you and have it corrected at once.

No come back tomorrow's or next week, please.

If you allow such a lackadaisical attitude to prevail amongst the 9 to 5 government staff mindsets, this is exactly what will crop up later when circumstances leads us to such unnecessary and needless official bureaucracy!

You too have a say in the matter!

If you close one eye in such slip ups, believe me when I say that whoever had screwed up in handling your affairs , will just not waste a moment worrying about you?

They'd close both eyes, happy and contented that whatever it is that they fouled up in the course of their duties, they'll still receive a fat salary at the end of the month whilst you or your family will stand ready to face the gauntlet when you are no longer around to clear the mess such as what Mr.Amaran's family faced recently?

I recommend that each of us, regardless of race or religion, recheck and ensure that each and every detail regarding our person is absolutely up to date and free from error!

Failure to check and be sure of our information as registered in our MyKad, Passport, Driver's Licence or whatsoever will just turn into a living nightmare for our heirs when we expire from this life or are in a coma and not be able to verify anything about ourselves in such a state?

Be proactive and take the necessary steps or just be ready to suffer more when you end up like any of the deceased ones whose remains became the centre of a tug of war between the authorities and the deceased bereaved families.

I for one ask that there come into being a National Register of Converts to Islam to avoid any similar controversies crop up when a convert to Islam dies leaving his or her family and heirs in the dark about their becoming a Muslim.

Failure to do so will just see this heart wrenching emotional scenarios be a major cause of future headaches and turmoil for the nation.

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