A 23-year-old woman who was raised by grandparents after her Chinese father (named “Ling Hwa Hong”, according to her birth certificate) and Filipina mother (named “Cherry Love Mabolo”) divorced soon after she was born has spoken out about her frustration at being unable to obtain a Malaysian identity card (MyKad).

Sin Chew Daily reports that the Chinese-Filipina, named Ling Pei Hui, accompanied by her boyfriend’s mother, recently visited the office of Patrick Sim Eng Peng from the Bahagian Cheras Division of the Malaysian Chinese association (MCA) to lobby for assistance in her application for a MyKad.

Born to an ethnic Chinese father from East Malaysia, Ling’s parents divorced and disappeared when she was just a baby. The abandoned child was raised by her grandparents in Kuantan, Pahang.

At the age of twelve, Ling’s grandfather filed an application for a Malaysian identity card for his granddaughter, presenting her birth certificate. However the application was rejected as officers insisted that verification of the girl’s identity had to be done by her biological father, not a grandfather.

Ling says she has been barred from taking the Malaysian Certificate of Education examination, marrying, setting up a bank account, enrolling in the country’s provident fund and accessing social security due to her lack of a Malaysian identity card.

Patrick Sim Eng Peng said her case was complicated, especially after her grandfather died last year. He is appealing to anyone who may have information about Ling’s estranged father. [Video]