Nine receive citizenship under Article 15A

KUCHING: A total of nine children from all corners of Sarawak finally received their citizenship under Article 15A of the Federal Constitution.

They were handed the approval letters of their citizenship by Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah during a presentation ceremony at Wisma Wanita, Jalan Bakti here yesterday.

Tnay See Chen, Elven Lai Yong Le, Sheila Sii Tong, Lim Jia Jia received their letters along with Shelly Abdullah Mohd Amin and Kueh Xin Ying who hailed from Bintulu. Sibu-born Kueh Jun Jie also received the letter yesterday together with Miri’s Esther Huong Song Eng and Wong Yung Foong.

“Their citizenship will allow them to live better and meaningful lives,” Fatimah said during the presentation ceremony.

“All citizens should appreciate their citizenship and that also goes to the recipients who are officially citizens of Malaysia today.”

Fatimah (second right) hands over the citizenship certificate to one of the recipients at Wisma Wanita JWKS in Petra Jaya, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

Fatimah also hailed the role of the state’s special committee on citizenship status for facilitating the applications under Article 15A.

“Together with National Registration Department (NRD), the committee ensures that when you submit the application form, all the relevant documents are attached together along with the application.

“We don’t want the applications to be rejected because some documents are not presented together with the application.”

She revealed that the committee has received 723 applications since its inception and to date, 127 applicants have received their citizenship.

“I thank the Home Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for allowing the special committee to continue even after the change of government at the federal level.

“I’m also very glad to hear that the Home Ministry has proposed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for cases pertaining to citizenship applications under Article 15A.

Fatimah revealed one of the difficulties faced by the process is incomplete documents for the applicants to make their case and obtain approval of their citizenship.

“Our hope when tackling the problem of citizenship is that applicants would ensure all of the documents are in order, and by doing that we won’t have the problem of processing applications for the cases of citizenship under Article 15A,” she said.

Fatimah (seated centre) with assistant minister of Welfare and Community Wellbeing Datuk Francis Harden Hollis (standing sixth left), secretary of National Registration and Organisation Division for Home Ministry Zamari Mohd Ramli (standing seventh left) director of State Registration Department Abang Noraffian Abang Ibrahim (standing eight left), director of Women and Family Department (JWKS) Noriah Ahmad (ninth left), and others in a group photograph with the recipients of citizenship certificates under Article 15A at Wisma Wanita JWKS in Petra Jaya, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni