Despite having traits that appear Malaysian, Roisah Abdullah is not one.
Roisah, 21, or just Roi to her friends, was born to a foreign mother and an absentee Malaysian father, and is stateless as a result.
“Authorities said because they could not ascertain who my father was, since he left when I was born, they could not issue me a Malaysian citizenship,” she told Malay Mail in an interview.
“But I do not belong anywhere else, if I don't have Malaysia, what do I have?”
Shortly after her birth, Roisah was officially adopted by a Malaysian woman named Satrah Nabowah, who was 61 when she died of natural causes in 2014 .
Satrah had worked as a tailor to support Roisah and fought for her right to attend school, but was unable to get her adopted daughter Malaysian citizenship.
Roisah’s applications to the National Registration Department (NRD) were rejected without reason.
“We applied for my citizenship in 2011 and again in 2013, I only heard back that my application was rejected in January this year.”
She has no vote to give to anyone but she'll be an asset to Malaysia. Help her become a Malaysian.