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.