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The Gov’t Seeks to Overturn Citizenship Ruling for Overseas Children of M’sian Mothers

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(source: Malaysiakini)

The government has gone to the Court of Appeal to set aside last week’s High Court decision that children born overseas to Malaysian mothers are entitled to citizenship by operation of law.

According to FMT, Attorney-General Idrus Harun in a text message said the notice of appeal was filed this morning.

Once the written judgment is made available, the government will file a memorandum of appeal to outline where the trial judge has erred in law and facts.

Family Frontiers who have been fighting this case have also called on the government to withdraw its notice of appeal against the High Court decision. It said the appeal should be withdrawn to ensure that injustice against Malaysian women was not perpetuated.

“We are appalled and deeply disappointed by the government’s move to appeal against the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision that affirmed Malaysian women’s right to confer citizenship automatically on their children…

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