Plight of the ‘illegitimate’ child? — Gurdial singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

WHAT happens when a child is born out of wedlock to a Malaysian-citizen father and a foreign migrant mother who leaves the country and cannot be traced? The marriage is not registered under the relevant law. The child is, hence, considered “illegitimate”.

Is the child a citizen by operation of law? The National Registration Department refuses to recognise the child as a citizen.

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