Azalina expresses concern over Putrajaya’s appeal of a citizenship decision
Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Pengerang MP, criticized the government for attempting to appeal the High Court judgment giving automatic citizenship to children born overseas to Malaysian women with foreign husbands.
The former de facto law and parliamentary affairs minister questioned why such Malaysian moms were treated differently from Malaysian dads with foreign wives in her speech discussing the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
She expressed how puzzled she is by the government’s decision to appeal the judgment.
According to her, they must be fair to everyone. If the mother is unable to get it, do not provide it to the fathers.
“Why is it that women are denied (the right to automatic citizenship for their children) but males are permitted? It is up to the government to respond. To the others, do not get enraged. I am just inquiring,” Azalina said.
Azalina remarked that she still does not understand why the government want to appeal in the current citizenship case, where the Johor Sultan supported conferring citizenship rights to mothers and children.