The main problem arising from the unregistered marriages is that the children could not be registered as Malaysian citizens.
KUALA LUMPUR: It is estimated that between 2011 and 2015 over 17,000 marriages between local men and women from China were not registered the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the number was almost double from the number of registered marriages between local men and Chinese women in the same period which totalled 11,623.
“From the registered marriages, a total of 9,197 children were born during that period,” Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said when winding up the debate on the motion of thanks for the royal address.
He said the main problem arising from the unregistered marriages was that the children could not be registered as Malaysian citizens.
“This creates problems. After these children were born, their mothers would have left the country and returned to their homeland, leaving the fathers or relatives here with the task of appealing for verification of the children’s status so that they can enter school,” he said.
Zahid said if there were any applications, the ministry would look at it based on a case-to-case basis and would use its discretion and humanitarian grounds in issuing birth certificates for those children.