Selangor Journal
The view of the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya, on January 12, 2021. — Picture by BERNAMA

Dec 14 hearing for leave to appeal on citizenship for kids born overseas to Malaysian mothers

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 22 — The Federal Court has fixed December 14 to hear an application by Family Support & Welfare Selangor & Kuala Lumpur (Family Frontiers) and six Malaysian mothers for leave to pursue their appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling denying automatic citizenship to children born overseas to Malaysian mothers with foreign spouses.

Abraham Au, one of the lawyers representing Family Frontiers and the mothers, confirmed the hearing date was fixed following the case management held today before deputy registrar Rasidah Roslee via e-Review.

The court will hear Family Frontiers’ application together with another case brought by a 24-year-old woman, Mahisha Sulaiha, who also lost her lawsuit for a declaration that she is entitled to be a Malaysian citizen, he said when contacted.

Family Frontiers and the six mothers filed their application on August 26 this year, seeking to set aside the Court of Appeal’s ruling that children born overseas to Malaysian mothers with foreign spouses are not entitled to Malaysian citizenship by operation of law.

On August 5 this year, the Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 majority decision, allowed the government’s appeal to overturn the High Court’s landmark ruling allowing children born overseas to Malaysian mothers with foreign spouses to get Malaysian citizenship.

On the same day, the same appellate court panel dismissed Mahisha’s appeal against the High Court’s 2020 decision rejecting her suit which she filed to seek a declaration that she is entitled to be a Malaysian citizen.

In civil cases, litigants must first obtain leave before they can proceed with appeals to the Federal Court.

Family Frontiers and the six women who are married to foreigners want a court order for all relevant government agencies, including the National Registration Department, Immigration Department and Malaysian embassies, to issue documents relating to citizenship (including passports and identity cards) to children born abroad to Malaysian mothers with foreign spouses.

— Bernama

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