KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 9,539 citizenship applications are being considered by the government for approval as of September this year, says home minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
He said the government, through the home ministry, would always consider every citizenship application fairly.
Saifuddin said the granting of Malaysian citizenship was the exclusive right of the federal government and it cannot be offered arbitrarily.
He said the government had also completed the draft amendments to Part III of the Federal Constitution regarding the acquisition of citizenship.
These would be presented to the Conference of Rulers this month, he said after attending the home ministry’s Madani programme at the Bandar Tun Razak Sports Complex here today.
Saifuddin said engagement sessions with stakeholders on the amendments were ongoing.
“We are still gathering input and we hope to be able to present the amendments at the next Parliament session.”
At the function, Saifuddin presented letters to 19 people who had applied for citizenship.
He said they consisted of two categories — adopted children and naturalised residents.
“Naturalised status (the awarding of citizenship to non-citizens) is for those who have resided in Malaysia for decades and who applied for citizenship numerous times but failed,” he said.