This MWKA Online Talk was delivered on 17 April 2020 by Ms Jasmine Wong and Mr Eric Toh and moderated by Ms Vivien Fan. Please visit to register for upcoming talks.

Overview: Stateless individuals face a lifetime of uncertainty and discrimination and the process of being recognised as a Malaysian citizen is full of challenges. This is despite the fact that they may have been born in Malaysia and lived their entire lives here, or even have been adopted and raised by Malaysian citizens. In this online talk, our speakers covered the law on citizenship in Malaysia, in particular, the issues surrounding the interpretation by the courts of the relevant provisions in the Federal Constitution regarding citizenship.

Topic: Citizenship for Adopted Children and Stateless Individuals

Talk Points:

● How the problem of statelessness arise
● The Federal Constitution on citizenship
● The Adoption Act 1952 and the Legitimacy Act 1961
● Overview of the proceedings in Court for declaration of citizenship
● Cases decided by Court

SPEAKERS: Jasmine Wong (Associate), Eric Toh (Associate)
MODERATOR: Vivien Fan (Associate)

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

Citizenship for Adopted Children and Stateless Individuals

17 April, 2020


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