Hornbill Unleashed

May 19, 2017

‘Federal govt yet to address issue of dual citizenship’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

The federal government has yet to properly address the dual citizenship issue as it is against the law of the country.

PKR women national vice- president Voon Shiak Ni said while dual-citizenship is against Article 24 (1) of the Federal Constitution, it is not uncommon to find an individual with dual citizenship in the country.

She recalled that state PKR vice-chairman See Chee How had raised the issue of dual citizenship in 2011 when the party made a shocking finding that the daughter of a prominent figure in the state holds dual citizenship.

“She possesses a Canadian citizenship and yet still holds the status of a Malaysian and to make the matter worse is that she is also still a registered voter in Sarawak,” Voon said yesterday.

At that time, she said PKR had asked the Home Ministry to investigate the case.

“But until today, it seems that our system is still flawed. We have the laws but do not have the system or enforcement to manage the issue of dual citizenship,” she added.

Voon said the National Registration Department, in a press statement early this year, stated that those who failed to voluntarily renounce their citizenship in another country would have their citizenship in the country revoked because Malaysia does not recognise dual citizenship as stipulated under Article 24 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

“However, there is no special data bank, as revealed by an officer of the National Registration Department. It is an individual’s personal responsibility to renounce his/her Malaysian citizenship after obtaining citizenship of another country.

“From here, we can see the flaw in the system. This flaw, if left unattended, will lead to other problems in the nation.”

Voon said the flaws in the system might cause the government to be in the dark about the figures on the ground, which would reflect the actual population in Malaysia.

“Then, the issue of phantom voters can arise too as their names are still on the electoral rolls, apart from the issue of inaccuracy in the number of voters in a constituency.”

She also said the issue of dual citizenship could be disastrous to the nation which stands on the principles of democracy as it would enable foreign citizens holding dual citizenship being given the right to vote such as the controversial issue of thousands of Filipinos and Indonesians who were granted the right to vote in Sabah.

“When is the government going to seriously look into the issue of dual citizenship in our country?”

The issue of dual citizenship became a hot topic in the public  domain recently after Dr Ting Tiong Choon was disqualified by the State Legislative Assembly as Pujut assemblyman following allegations that he had previously acquired Australian citizenship.

Dr Ting told reporters last Friday that he did obtain Australian citizenship but renounced it as he wanted to come back to serve in Malaysia.

He also said he never gave up his Malaysian citizenship and received a notice from the Australian government on April 4 last year that his application to renounce his citizenship was accepted after a process that took nearly a year.

Source : @ The Borneo Post Online


1 Comment »

  1. How many Umno Baru controlled BN lawmakers are having dual citizenship or PR of another country in addition to having multi million dollars bank accounts overseas?

    Comment by Sabri Yaman — May 19, 2017 @ 5:37 PM | Reply

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