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Singaporean flabbergasted at government’s refusal to convert Malaysian mum who stays here for 40 years

Dear Gilbert,

Thanks for initiating the Event: Protest at Hong Lim on 16 Feb – Say NO to 6.9M population. I will try my best to be there.

I wish to share with you about how heartless the government is on population policies, just using my mom as an example.

We tried applying for Singapore Citizenship for my Mom who is currently a Malaysian. She has lived in Singapore for close to 40 years now.

My dad is a Singaporean and after marrying my mom, they lived in JB where they bore 3 kids, my brother, myself and my sister.

Three of us are Singaporeans (naturalized, thanks to my dad), so, it makes sense for us wishing for my mom to hold the same citizenship.

My family moved to Singapore when it was time for my brother to go to primary one.

Please read the below communication between the ICA and me.

If I had a chance to share this story, I will highlight how conveniently the PAP government denies citizenships to long-time PRs like my mom who have helped to contribute to nation-building for decades but opened the flood gates to foreigners who did not spend even a single hour towards nation-building.

Thanks, again, Gilbert.

Hope to get to meet you.

Sincerely,

Adeline

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From: Mee Lin PANG-KOK [mailto:PANG-KOK_Mee_Lin@ica.gov.sg]

Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2011 3:37 PM

To: XXXXXX

Cc: ICA Feedback; ICA ESC HelpDesk

Subject: Re: Fw: Your ref: ROC/XXXXXX/2010

Dear XXXXX

Please refer to your email dated 12 Apr 2011.

2      We regret to inform you that we do not reveal the reasons for the outcome of the application.  All applications are considered on their own merits and would have been processed carefully before a decision is made.  Nonetheless, your Mom may continue to stay here as a Singapore Permanent Resident.

3        However, we have forwarded your appeal to reconsider our decision to grant your Mom her Singapore Citizenship to the relevant officers for their attention.  We will reply to you in due course.  Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Pang-Kok Mee Lin, Supervisor II, Citizen Services Centre, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

DID: (65) 6391 6324, Fax: (65) 6293 4280

cc, ICA ESC HelpDesk Attn: Miss Siti

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—– Forwarded by ICA Feedback/ICA/SINGOV on 15/04/2011 11:23 AM —–

ICA Feedback/ICA/SINGOV

15/04/2011 11:19 AM  Classification:Security

To

“XXXXX

Subject

Re: Your ref: ROC/APP/XXXXXX/2010

Dear XXXXXX

Thank you for your email of 12 Apr 2011.

2      The matter is receiving our attention. Your email has been forwarded to the relevant officer who will reply to you in due course.

Yours sincerely

Ong Nyuk Lan (Mrs)

Customer Relations Branch

for COMMISSIONER

IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

ICA Feedback/507692

Website: http://www.ica.gov.sg

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12/04/2011 07:51 PM  To

ICA Feedback/ICA/SINGOV@SINGOV

cc

Subject

Your ref: ROC/APP/XXXXXXXX/2010

Dear Ms Tan,

It has been almost 8 months now, since we received the letter from your office dated August 13, 2010, notifying us of the unsuccessful application for my mother’s Singapore Citizenship.

My immediate family members were shocked, disappointed and deeply saddened because there was no explanation given at all for rejecting Mom’s application.

We asked ourselves repeatedly these questions:

1.       Was Mom rejected just because she is no longer able to contribute economically to Singapore?

2.       Was it because Mom is way past the age to produce more babies for Singapore?

3.       Was it because Mom took too long to take on Singapore Citizenship?

4.       Is the government trying to avoid allocating benefits to Mom by denying her Singapore Citizenship?

Mom married my dad, who volunteered and served faithfully through the ranks until he reached the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Singapore Army.

Together, they produced my brother, who served the National Service and today, he holds a respectable job in a bank as a dutiful Singapore Citizen.

My sister graduated with a law degree and after numerous years of practicing as a lawyer, she is today a proud mother of three kids who are all Singapore citizens.

I went on to graduate from the National University of Singapore and till today, continue to boast about the efficiencies and excellence of the Singapore government to all my business contacts globally during my business trips.

Without my Mom, all of us would not have been here today. Mom had the burden of helping to look after our grandparents who were domiciled in Malaysia. After they had passed on, we urged her to take on Singapore Citizenship so that we in turn, could fulfill our duties as children to take care of her in Singapore.

Our dreams and hopes have been shattered now. On top of the deep shock and sadness, my family  could not help but to feel a great sense of humiliation the way we have  been treated in Singapore.

We do not know how to explain to Mom’s grandkids the reason for Grandma holding a different passport from the rest of us whenever we traveled internationally.  My 6-year old niece asked “Did grandma do anything wrong, that’s why the Singapore government refused to give her a Singapore passport?”

Thus, we request you to kindly explain the reasons for rejecting Mom’s application for Singapore Citizenship since it is a question that the next generation and our surrounding family members and friends have requested for an answer.

We humbly appeal to you to reconsider your decision to grant Mom her Singapore Citizenship.

Please give my family a chance to boast to the world that the government of Singapore does not make decisions purely based on pragmatism, but it has a heart too, and it considers the long-term welfare and happiness of all its citizens.

We thank you in advance for your kind attention on this matter, that has tormented my family for the past 8 months.

Sincerely,

Adeline

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15 Responses to “Singaporean flabbergasted at government’s refusal to convert Malaysian mum who stays here for 40 years”

  1. This was exactly 1 of the points I raised in my blog entry – Populate or pro-create.

    That we should never penalise families by refusing them citizenship, just because the spouse is poorly educated, comes from a 3rd world country (or poorer nation – not in this case, since we can’t consider Malaysia that), but who’s prepared to stay put help raise the kids and remain loyal and faithful to the spouse.

    These kind of people should be ahead of the queue, compared to a foreigner who’s better educated, comes here to work, is offered PR and maybe later on citizenship (some get it within 5 years). This foreigner who wasn’t born here, is allowed to bring his whole family here, either on long term visas and very possibly citizenship or PR is offered to his or her whole family. Maybe they will stay, maybe they won’t, but just allowing the whole family here adds a burden to all of us. This is not the proper way to boost population growth.

    I am not saying the latter shouldn’t be totally denied the chance for citizenship, but the former must be given priority, since either the father or mother was born here, married a foreigner, remains here and raises his/her family here. We shouldn’t punish a local born here for his choice of love. Where can he go, he has to remain here, he’s not leaving? Why punish his spouse or children even and let them remain 2nd class ‘citizens’?

    That’s why we are against this 7 million thingy, not being xenophobic, but that the quality and demarcation is all wrong.

  2. Rockon says:

    Are you shitting me? One more Foreigner here = one less space for us on the MRT, Bus or whatever… it’s good that they are clamping down on foreigners.. CLAMP MORE! Say no to people who are not born in Singapore anymore (and came here after 1930s) ….. NO means NO… NO! Wooho.

  3. anon says:

    No use writing or talking to those low-level civil servants. They just can’t be bothered and simply follow rules. Customer relations officer and Supervisor II ?!? Look at their standard 1-2 sentences reply that is copied and paste from their standard templates. They are like the privates and lance corporals in army. What the fuck, they are ONLY interested in siaming work, don’t give me problem, just want to book out by 5:30pm, every year collect 3 months bonus and 5% salary increment.

    If you want serious response you need to shout and bang table and talk to AT LEAST Dept Head level. You have to talk to the majors and lieutenant colonels in the civil service. Don’t worry, don’t be awed by their “high ranks” — the civil service is full of high-ranking people who simply boss the lower ranks and act big.

  4. Ah Niow says:

    The reason is simple! The ICA finds it not neccessary to approve her citizenship as she is now a PR and need not go back but allowed to stay with her children. Another reason is she is not economically active.

  5. Jimmy Ong says:

    Get your mother out of Singapore. So what if she live here 400 years. Fuck back to Malaysia

  6. RC says:

    My advice is to talk to your MP on your mom’s case during meet-the-people session. MP letter of appeal
    to ICA is very far much better than self appeal.
    Chances are much higher.Good luck!

  7. RC says:

    Hello Jimmy Ong, you are a damned typical ugly
    Singaporean! What so great about you holding
    a pink IC !

  8. RC says:

    Hello Rockon,you are another idiotic ugly Singaporean
    and be good friend of Jimmy Ong becos bird of same feather flock together! You have pink IC big deal?

  9. paul zhong says:

    Hi Adeline, Do not be dismay over your Mom not being granted Singapore Citizenship. I think it is better for her to remain as PR and still hold on to Malaysian citizenship. My reasons are simple:
    In Malaysia, a senior citizen enjoys free medical service in General Hospitals. Those who are not senior citizens have to pay 1 RM only.
    In Singapore, the medical bill can be frightening.
    Agree?

  10. Catherine says:

    I understand your situation Adeline, I am a Singapore PR who has been studying in Singapore since I was 7 years old. At present, I have been staying here for close to 20+, hardly leaving the country except for short holidays. I applied twice, but got rejected. The reason has to do with my income, which the ICA officer hinted that I had to “improve it”.

  11. jj40 says:

    Stop all these SPR nonsense. Abolish the SPR scheme, it is causing more harm than good now.

  12. You are just a pawn says:

    That’s strange…my mom got her citizenship and we are a similar case as your family. Go and see your MP. Go to LEE Hsien Loong’s Meet the people session and request to meet him or send him an email.

  13. You are just a pawn says:

    To be frank, Adeline. Don’t apply citizenship for your mom. There is no value to do so with a pink ic anymore. It is always good that one parent has a foreign passport. It’s more security and presents alternatives when Singapore cannot make it and the signs are there with the 2 casinos.

  14. You are just a pawn says:

    “No use writing or talking to those low-level civil servants. They just can’t be bothered and simply follow rules. Customer relations officer and Supervisor II ?!? Look at their standard 1-2 sentences reply that is copied and paste from their standard templates. They are like the privates and lance corporals in army. What the fuck, they are ONLY interested in siaming work, don’t give me problem, just want to book out by 5:30pm, every year collect 3 months bonus and 5% salary increment.

    If you want serious response you need to shout and bang table and talk to AT LEAST Dept Head level. You have to talk to the majors and lieutenant colonels in the civil service. Don’t worry, don’t be awed by their “high ranks” — the civil service is full of high-ranking people who simply boss the lower ranks and act big.”

    I concur and second what the above anon wrote 110%, especially the last line. And good luck, Adeline!

  15. whynnotearlier says:

    Hi, I know this is an old thread. But im wondering why it took so long for your mum to apply for citizenship? Was it so that your family could have a backup or enjoy the benefits of both nations (e.g. staying in a cheaper house in JB?) Or to act as a back-up in case the family wishes to return to msia if they no longer wants to live in singapore. Was there never an intention of your mum to become a singaporean when she was younger? Now that she is older, it makes no sense to accept her as our citizen because she did not choose to do so for many years.

    I personally know of people who held on the PRships their whole lives while living in Singapore for 40-50 years. They earn our singapore salary and buy houses in msia, intending to retire there. There was never an intention to make singapore their home. Their children left for other countries when it was time to do NS.

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