Appeals court rules children born abroad to Malaysian mums not entitled to citizenship


The Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 majority decision, rules that children born overseas to Malaysian mothers who are married to foreign spouses are not entitled by operation of law to be Malaysian citizens. – AFP pic, August 5, 2022.

THE Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 majority decision, today ruled that children born overseas to Malaysian mothers who are married to foreign spouses are not entitled by operation of law to be Malaysian citizens.

The three-member bench, chaired by Justice Kamaludin Md Said, allowed the appeal by the government, Home Ministry and National Registration Department director-general, who are appellants.

The decision was agreed to by Justices Kamaluddin and Azizah Nawawi, while Justice S. Nantha Balan dissented.

Previously, the Association of Family Support & Welfare Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (Family Frontiers) and six Malaysian women married to foreigners with overseas-born children had, on September 9 last year, succeeded in their High Court lawsuit against the three appellants. – Bernama, August 5, 2022.

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