According to the report, she was not aware of the controversy until she was informed by one of her children a few days ago.
Forty-seven-year-old Mismah said she came to Malaysia legally to work as a construction worker in 1982.
She first stayed at her grandmother's house in Keramat, Kuala Lumpur for two months before moving to a squatter area in Kayu Ara, Petaling Jaya, after getting married.
Mismah then proceeded to apply for permanent residency and was surprised to be granted the status a few months later.
"At that time, the process was simple, not like now," said Mismah in local Malay accent.
Citizenship approved 4 months after second application
But the application for citizenship took her 17 years - Mismah said she decided to make the application after 12 years residing in Malaysia but it was ignored by the Petaling Jaya NRD.
Her four children and 70-year-old mother are all holders of blue MyKad, indicating that they are Malaysian citizens. Three of her children are civil servants while another has just completed his studies.
Mismah, who is currently working as a janitor in a direct sales company, had since moved out of Kayu Ara and now owns a terrace house.
Sinar Harian said it tried looking for Mismah over the past one week and finally managed to do so after being tipped off by a reader.
However, the Malay-language tabloid did not say where Mismah is now living, but according to the Election Commission, she is a registered voter in Ijok, Kuala Selangor.