Fatimah Abdullah

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded a total of 682 stateless children from 2016 until March this year, the State Legislative Assembly sitting was told today.

Fatimah Abdullah

Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the number was based on the application received by the state’s Special Committee on Citizenship Status under Article 15A of the Federal Constitution.

“The formation of the special committee has improved substantially the processing time to grant citizenship to children below 21 years from three years to 16-20 months,”she said when replying to a question from Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing (GPS-Meradong).

She said two of these stateless children were from Meradong district. – Bernama