In Malaysia, government seeks court stay to amend constitution, allowing Malaysian mothers to equally confer citizenship on their children

By Yiswaree Palansamy, 23 September
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (photo credit: Jorge Láscar/flickr)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (photo credit: Jorge Láscar/flickr)
The Home Ministry said it applied for a stay of execution order on a ruling recognising children born to Malaysian mothers and foreign fathers as Malaysian citizens, as it wishes to amend the Constitution over the matter. Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said his ministry will be consulting the Conference of Rulers over the amendment, claiming this plan is a “middle path” to seek a solution for the decades-old problem. [...] Family Frontiers, which had together with six Malaysian mothers won the lawsuit on Thursday last week, said it was “appalled” that the government had made the move to appeal the court decision. The High Court in Kuala Lumpur had affirmed Malaysian women’s equal rights under the Federal Constitution — which only Malaysian men have been enjoying for decades — to confer citizenship automatically on their children born overseas to foreign spouses.
Read the full article here: Malay Mail


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