They are the undocumented, invisible, people without a legal identity and oftentimes forgotten. The stateless community in Sabah is far from hidden. They are part of the state’s population, in communities, markets and among us. Their battle for legal rights have been ongoing for decades because recognition of nationality serves as a key to a host of other rights, such as education, health care, employment, and equality before the law. Without a legal identity, they remain vulnerable and their futures are uncertain.
In recent years, changemakers (NGOs and netizens) and even government bodies have implemented stopgap interventions to ensure that stateless families receive basic healthcare services, their children have access to education and adults have some job opportunities. Yet, the work is far from done. The road to legal citizenship is an uphill battle, sometimes spanning generations. The stateless are human too. Their identity is worth fighting for and their future lends to the future of the state.
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