Citizenship woes of Johor cyclist born in Germany


PETALING JAYA: Malaysian citizenship might soon be granted to a 14-year-old Johor boy who was born a German citizen, paving the way for him to join the national cycling squad.

The boy, Mohd Justin Felix Nagel, has a German father, Kai Nagel, and Malaysian mother, Hasni Shamsudin, 34.

His stepfather, Azil Iskandar Abdul Aziz, 32, a policeman, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had brought Justin’s plight to the Home Ministry (KDN), which has now called the boy for a citizenship interview on Sept 29.

Numerous previous applications had been rejected, Justin said, according to NST Online. “It has been nine years. This is the first time we have received a different response and I am happy. I have good feelings about this,” he was quoted as saying.

Justin’s German passport expired three years ago and three applications for Malaysian citizenship has failed.

Last month his father, on a visit to Malaysia, granted his blessings for Justin to take up Malaysian citizenship.

“I spent time with my father when he came here last month. He had no objections in me taking up Malaysian citizenship,” said Justin, who is in Johor Baru to compete in the Junior Cycling Malaysia round this weekend. Justin is a member of the Bandar Maharani cycling club.

He said the German embassy in Kuala Lumpur had told them that he had to return to Germany in order to give up his citizenship, but Nagel advised them to push for Justin’s request for Malaysian citizenship. “He said he would not object and would support the request if required,” said Azil.

Justin’s coach, Firdaus Daud, hoped the boy would be selected for the national junior squad once his citizenship was sorted out.