This MWKA Online Talk was delivered on 21 February 2024 by Ms Agalya J Munusay, Ms Jasmine Wee and Ms Alyssa Dalila and moderated by Mr Haikal Akiemy Hamzah. Please visit to register for upcoming talks.


Many well-intended parents have adopted children through unofficial or informal means, sometimes with birth certificates which refer to them as the birth parents. The initial years often go by without issue, but questions and problems arise when it is time to apply for a Malaysian Identity Card or to renew a passport as a teenager. Join our speakers to understand what difficulties might arise from unofficial adoptions, how to preempt or deal with these issues as they arise, and their impact on the citizenship of the child. Parents who are thinking about adopting a child will also benefit from understanding the legal adoption process.

Talk points:

  • The problem with unofficial adoptions
  • Investigations by government officials
  • Options and requirements for legal adoptions
  • Malaysian citizenship for adopted children

Speaker: Agalya J Munusamy (Senior Associate), Jasmine Wee (Associate) and Alyssa Dalila (Associate)
Moderator: Haikal Akiemy Hamzah (Associate)

A copy of the talk slides in PDF format is available for download here.

Navigating the Path from Unofficial Adoptions to Legal Adoptions

1 March, 2024


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