German-born cyclist Mohd Justin Felix Nagel remains stateless has been evicted from his school’s hostel recently due to his predicament.
The Johor Education Department confirmed that Justin was not offered a place at the hostel because of his citizenship status. Its director, Shaharudin Sharif, said it had always been the policy of the Education Ministry prioritise Malaysian students for places in school hostels nationwide.
“Since Justin is not a Malaysian citizen, he was not offered a place at the school’s hostel. Moreover, in Justin’s case, I was also informed that he wanted to stay with his coach,” said Shaharudin Sharif.
Justin has moved to live in a cabin at his coaches Mohd Fuad Daud’s and Mohd Firdaus Daud’s home as he did not receive any application letter for lodging at the Dato Sri Amar Diraja hostel in Muar.
Even as the battle continues in obtaining a Malaysian citizenship, Justin has been training with the national junior squad at the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil. However, his statelessness means that he won’t be able to join the national junior squad for international competitions.
“When I asked for the letter, I was told by the headmaster that I can’t be boarded there as I did not have a MyKad,” said Justin at the Jalan Daud training base.
Justin’s mother, Hasni Samsudin said their nine-year wait for citizenship was far from over despite Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and the Home Minister’s office providing letters of support. Justin is based in Muar as the promising cyclist has been roped into the Johor development squad, where he has been training with for two years.
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