Citizenship

Children who were born in Malaysia or have at least one parent who is a Malaysian ought to be granted with Malaysian citizenship under the Federal Constitution.

“However, the NRD’s practice in arbitrarily determining the nationality of the adopted children has resulted in many stateless children in Malaysia. An illegitimate child who was born in Malaysia prior to the registration of his/her parents’ marriage will also render the child stateless, or registered as a “non citizen” (bukan warganegara) on his/her Birth Certificate.

At MWKA, we advise and provide legal representation to parents in seeking for declaration of citizenship for their child who has been registered as “non citizen” (bukan warganegara) on their birth certificate by the National Registration Department.”

Our Services

We have extensive experience in representing and providing legal advice to aggrieved parents and stateless children in regards to their remedies and rights in challenging the NRD’s refusal to register the adopted children and illegitimate children as a citizen of Malaysia.

Our Experience

Successfully obtained declarations in 3 separate cases in the High Court that the children born in Malaysia and were lawfully adopted by Malaysian citizens are Malaysian citizens; and obtained orders of mandamus directing the NRD to register the children as citizens of Malaysia.

Represented adopted children in multiple judicial reviews against the National Registration Department’s decision to refuse citizenship to the adopted children.

Providing legal advice to the New Zealand Immigration and United Kingdom Visa and Immigration Department on the Malaysian adoption and citizenship process and the effect of statelessness in Malaysia, in support of the application for citizenship of the children adopted in Malaysia.

RAYMOND MAH
MANAGING PARTNER
JOHN CHAN
ASSOCIATE
PRISILLA CHONG
ASSOCIATE
 JASMINE WONG
ASSOCIATE
ERIC TOH
ASSOCIATE
ANIS MOHD SOHAIMI 
ASSOCIATE
BRYAN BOO
PUPIL

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