KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Children who are born in Malaysia but fail to get citizenship are thrown into a complex bureaucratic and legal mess, leaving them with an uncertain future that can appear hopeless.
Stateless children in Malaysia have many different circumstances. Some are abandoned at birth, others are adopted but cannot trace their birth parents, and more are born to a foreign mother who did not register their marriage to their Malaysian spouse.
Whatever their scenario, however, these children face an arduous road ahead.
While going to the courts is the most conventional way of challenging the National Registration Department’s refusal to recognise a Malaysia-born child as citizen, failure here sets the child up for a life of uncertainty. Read more