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Syed Saddiq slams BN for promising citizenship for foreign-born children

Social NewsSyed Saddiq slams BN for promising citizenship for foreign-born children

Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has recently announced the coalition’s election manifesto for the 15th General Election (GE15) and among the 99 elements outlined, one of them was to resolve the citizenship issues involving children born abroad to Malaysian mothers with foreign spouses.

Meanwhile, according to MUDA president Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, BN was actually deceitful in offering automatic citizenship to children born overseas to Malaysian women with foreign spouses because it was the same government that was taking all measures to oppose this.

Syed Saddiq said that if the BN government is affirming Malaysian mothers’ rights, it should not have appealed the High Court decision.

“Do you want to know why this issue reached the Federal Court? Because at that time, the government itself appealed this case until Malaysian children born to Malaysian women were denied citizenship rights.”

“And at that time, the prime minister was an UMNO-BN man himself! If the Cabinet had not continued the appeal for this issue, these children would have already received their citizenships,” he said, reported Malay Mail.

Syed Saddiq said that the BN government could have easily spared the families through the heartache and stress of trying to obtain citizenship for their kids, with some remained unresolved despite decades have passed.

He then denounced the coalition for having the audacity to turn around and claim it would champion the same Malaysian mothers.

“Are we willing to gamble the fate of these Malaysian children in their hands again?” Syed Saddiq asked.

Source: The Borneo Post

BN’s manifesto

The manifesto announced by the BN chairman on Monday (7 November), among other things, is to make legal amendments to grant Malaysian women the same automatic right to confer citizenship to their children as Malaysian men.

Ahmad Zahid also said that BN no longer want children born through mixed marriages, or those with different ethnic and religious identities to be denied the right to make Malaysia their home in ‘the name of inclusivity’.

On 9 September, the High Court ruled that children born abroad to Malaysian mothers are legally entitled to citizenship in Malaysia, and ordered the Malaysian government to process these children’s citizenship documents.

However, the government filed an appeal, leading to the Court of Appeal overturning the ruling on 5 August 2022.

The case is now brought up to the Federal Court, where the hearing for the appeal is set on 14 December.

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