In the heart of Singapore’s bustling city, amidst the fast-paced lives of its citizens, lives 76-year-old Mr. Wu, a man without a country, as reported by 8world.
Born in Malaysia, Mr. Wu has spent over 70 years in Singapore but remains stateless, losing his Malaysian citizenship along the way and being unable to secure Singaporean citizenship due to language barriers.
From a young age, he left school to pursue Fujian opera, a decision reflecting the cultural tapestry of his life.
Used to travel back and forth between SG & MY
During his younger years, he traveled smoothly back and forth between Singapore and Malaysia.
Last year, with the help of the authorities, he obtained a special pass and receives assistance of 410 SGD per month, which eases some of his financial burden.
However, the rising cost of living causes him constant distress, forcing him to live frugally.
“I only eat one meal a day, sometimes it’s a meal, sometimes porridge. Eating is about saving money, spending as little as I earn. For example, if you buy this for me to eat, I won’t eat it, I haven’t eaten today and will wait until tomorrow to decide.
Mr. Wu’s story is not unique in Singapore. As of November 2020, there were 1,109 stateless individuals residing in the country, a majority of whom are permanent residents.
The process of acquiring citizenship or permanent residency is a complex one, taking into account various factors including family ties and economic contributions.