KOTA KINABALU: The government will improve the procedure of granting citizenship to make it simpler and faster.
Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said today that some applicants have to wait for years before they are finally granted citizenship.
“Many have become adults and are denied access to education and health because of their status.
“Sometimes, their applications are rejected because of incomplete documents but they are not aware of this and the National Registration Department (NRD) does not inform them.
“So, we need to be transparent and explain to them and make sure all the proper documents are submitted.
“The department should not delay if all the requirements are met because these people have a right to be citizens of this country,” he said at a press conference here.
Muhyiddin also said it has been decided that village chiefs will be empowered to be registrars of birth in the government’s effort to reduce instances of late birth registration.
At the same time, the government will continue with the NRD mobile teams to assist with the registration.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said he is satisfied with the construction of the new Kota Kinabalu police station in Kepayan, which is 48% complete.
The project, expected to be ready in May next year, is part of efforts to improve police infrastructure in the state capital.
He also said 14 other development projects are being carried out to increase the efficiency and service quality of agencies under the ministry.