Cut the red tape for citizenship applications for stateless people, urges Lawyers for Liberty

Published on 19 Mar 2024 10:07:26 PM

Social rights organisation Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) has called on the government to address the red tape involved in the application process for citizenship by stateless people.

At a press conference on Tuesday (March 19), former Malaysian Bar president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said the amendments to the law would nullify the landmark decision of the Federal Court in CCH & Anor v Pendaftar Besar Bagi Kelahiran dan Kematian, Malaysia [2022] 1 MLJ 71, on the rights of foundlings to citizenship.

At the press conference, LFL revealed the plight of four women whose struggle for citizenship continued to be plagued by administrative hurdles despite being born and raised in Malaysia to either Malaysian fathers or fathers with permanent resident (PR) status.