Lim showing his red Malaysian identity card and his religion conversion document during a press conference on Thursday. (Photo: The Star)

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.

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