High court rules automatic citizenship for children born overseas to Malaysian mums


The Kuala Lumpur High Court rules that Malaysian mothers wed to foreign husbands can automatically confer citizenship on their children who are born abroad. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 9, 2021.

MALAYSIAN mothers with foreign husbands can automatically confer citizenship on their children born overseas, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled today.

The judgement, by judge Akhtar Tahir, is based on constitutional provisions on citizenship rights which are to be read together with provisions against gender discrimination, said the group Association of Family Support and Welfare Selangor & KL (Family Frontiers) in a statement about the decision today.


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