Strange things happen all the time, but it’s not everyday that you hear about your own death…
This may sound like something straight out of the Twilight Zone, but what actually happened was 71-year-old Low Choo Choon discovered that he had been classified as “dead” upon trying to submit a police report after having lost a deed to a burial site in his name.
The hearse driver from Skudai, Johor stated that he and his wife bought a two-person gravesite approximately twenty years ago, whereupon he wanted to transfer the deed to a relative, but financial constraints led him to choose a cremation package alternatively.
In January, he noticed he had misplaced the deed, prompting him to file a police report. However, because he was declared “dead,” he failed to submit the report.
After he filed a complaint with the national registration office (JPN) upon receiving advice from police, Low claimed that he had yet to receive a response from JPN, despite the fact that the dept had stated that the adjustment of his status would be processed within two weeks.
He went on to say that his son-in-law had consulted JPN several times about the problem but had been ignored.
Low also stated that he was unable to renew his road tax when he had gone to the road transport department twice, although he was able to renew it for half a year after making numerous requests.
Last month, Low decided to seek Wong’s assistance in the matter. As per FMT, both were supposed to meet with the Johor national registration department’s investigation team yesterday, but the meeting was cancelled after its director was quarantined.
However, with Wong’s assistance, the investigation team’s director forwarded Low’s supporting documentation to the department in order to expedite the process.
Since Low was declared “dead,” he was unable to vote in the Johor state elections in March, leaving him bemoaning his failure to accomplish his obligation as a Malaysian.
His daughter attempted to verify his voter status online, and he was listed as having “no records,” despite the fact that he had no problems during the 14th general election in May 2018.
“I am concerned that my bank account and assets will be frozen if my (status) is not revised. I’ve been working at a funeral home for many years, but I never imagined I’d be listed as ‘dead,'” he said at a press conference with Senai assemblyman Wong Bor Yang.
Oh, the irony!