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) or “undetermined” (belum ditentukan) 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) or “undetermined” (belum ditentukan) 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 foreign citizenship of the children adopted in Malaysia.

Reviews & Testimonials

“We have been using the services of MWKA for a number of years and have found them to be professional, competent and efficient.

We would like to express our gratitude to the team of MWKA, particularly to Mr Raymond Mah, Ms Liow Pei Xia and Ms Jasmine Wong for their dedication, support and empathy. We truly appreciate their good legal knowledge, vast experience and excellent analytical skills. Most importantly, they always have their clients’ interest at heart. They help plan and strategize on how best to move forward in achieving a positive outcome.

We would not hesitate to describe MWKA as a professional, top quality and trustworthy legal firm. We would highly recommend MWKA to others who wish to engage their professional services.”

– P & Y, Petaling Jaya

Raymond Mah
Managing Partner
John Chan
Associate
Prisilla Chong
Associate
Jasmine Wong
Associate
Eric Toh
Associate
Janessa Kok
Associate
Anis Mohd Sohaimi
Associate

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