Lim Cheng Kee was so desperate to be recognised as a Malaysian citizen that he converted to Islam, thinking that it would make it easier for him to get an identity card.
Twenty-three years after becoming Omar Lim Abdullah, the much sought-after document still eludes the 57-year-old.
“I still hold a red identity card,” said Lim, who was 34 when he converted.
Lim said that in 1986, he met a man who told him that it would be easier to get his blue identity card should he become a Muslim.
“I did not have anything to lose and so I thought I would give it a try. But then, there was no reply from the National Registration Department until last month.