How to reduce stateless numbers in Sabah

Source: Free Malaysia Today

There are many stateless children in Sabah of Filipino or Indonesian descent who are unable to access basic rights like education and healthcare. Advocates for Non-discrimination and Access to Knowledge (ANAK) calls for the easing of conditions for citizenship. Image from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A human rights NGO has urged the government to grant citizenship to every stateless child in Sabah who has a Malaysian parent, even if the other parent is a foreigner and if the child was born out of wedlock.

Denying citizenship to stateless children means denying them basic rights like education and healthcare which, in turn, means denying them the opportunity to do good for society, according to the founder of Advocates for Non-discrimination and Access to Knowledge (ANAK), Anne Baltazar.

Speaking to FMT, Baltazar also called for the removal of citizenship requirements not listed in the Federal Constitution. Read more