Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Living The 'Death'

 Living life again after death?
It proves difficult for the Malaysian and South African, but not the Russian.

Car Owner Shocked By Her 'Dead' Status

A 53-year-old car owner had a shock when she was told by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) that she was “officially dead,” reported Sin Chew Daily.
Wang Yu Shi went to the department in Alor Star on Oct 9 and was told that the registered owner of her vehicle was dead.
The next day, Wang went to the National Registration Department office and was told that she had “died” in 1987.
She was told that a computer error had occurred and she was asked to surrender her MyKad.
She was then issued a temporary identification document.
Wang then returned to the JPJ office with her temporary identification document to renew her road tax, but her application was again rejected.
She then decided to lodge a police report.


Claude's A Dead Man, In Their Eyes

It's difficult being dead, when you're actually alive.
Ask Claude Pretorius.
He's been battling since 2006 to prove that he's a living, breathing human being - so that he can get a passport and licence discs for his vehicles.
The problem started four years ago when he went to the Department of Home Affairs to apply for a passport.
"They told me that I could not apply for a passport as I am deceased. I had to go to the police station to get a sworn affidavit stating that I am Claude Pretorius with this ID number," he said.
In August that year, Pretorius got a new ID book with a new ID number and changed his details with bank and insurance companies. He even bought a new car in his name, and there were no glitches.
Until last year, when his death came back to haunt him.
"I purchased a used caravan and went to the traffic department to do a change of ownership and to pay for my other bakkie's and first caravan's new licence discs.
"This is when I found out that my status has again been changed to deceased on their eNatis system."
He has been to Home Affairs and they've provided him with records to prove that he's alive and that his ID book is valid, but the traffic department will not accept the documents.
To them, he's dead.
But they still referred Pretorius to the Department of Public Transport Roads and Public Works to sort out the mess.
He got some documentation that the Joburg metro police accepted, but on June 8, a traffic officer "issued me with a traffic fine for not licensing my vehicle," said Pretorius.
"How is it possible for me to purchase cars, but the minute I need to obtain any form of licensing, I am declared deceased?"
Joburg metro police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane, advised Pretorius to go to the metro police offices and ask the director to help him.
All well and good - except that his wife's marital status was changed to widow and remains that way.


Donald Heahfield, Alleged Russian Spy, Stole Identity From Dead Man, Canadian Says

TORONTO — A Canadian man said an alleged Russian spy stole the identity of his dead younger brother.
The FBI said a man accused of being a Russian agent assumed the identity of Canadian Donald Heathfield, who died at six weeks of age in Montreal in 1963.
David Heathfield said Wednesday he went through the FBI court papers. He doesn't know how his brother turned up in the U.S. court files but he thinks the Russians singled out his brother's 47-year-old death notice in a Montreal newspaper
"Initially I thought it was a joke and then it turned to shock," Heathfield said.
U.S. prosecutors have charged Donald Heathfield and 10 other suspects with following orders by Russian intelligence to become "Americanized" enough to infiltrate "policymaking circles" and feed information back to Moscow.
Donald Heathfield worked for a management consulting firm and lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts – home to Harvard and MIT. Prosecutors said in 2004 Heathfield met with an employee of the U.S. government to discuss nuclear weapons research.
David Heathfield, 51, said his brother has the same birth date and name.
"With the Cold War over I thought this spy thing was over and done with, but I guess it's still going on," he said. "For somebody to be using my brother's name for 20, 30 years-plus ... it's kind of scary."
David's mother Shirley lost her son Donald to crib death. The news that Donald's identity was stolen hurt her. He said she was already dealing with the anniversary of his father's death last week.

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