Tag: stateless children
Authorities say such alternative learning centres can only be opened in plantations but Michael Liman asks how else undocumented children can obtain an education.
The Family Support Group for Stateless Malaysian Children urges the government to cut red tape and approve applications for citizenship according to the requirements in the constitution.
Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail says the government has the platform to address this issue through the Sabah Foreigners Management Committee.
Roisah Abdullah receives approval for Malaysian citizenship after years of struggle.
P Waytha Moorthy says the PH government is in the final stages of engagement with various groups, but also notes that civil servants are too rigid when it comes to citizenship applications.
PH MPs in the Dewan Rakyat took Azis Jamman to task over his answers to the issue of stateless children, including that the children's parents are to blame.
Lawyers for Liberty says as long as the father is a citizen, the child is automatically a Malaysian.
The proposal to aid stateless children through a legalisation programme will worsen the situation for the indigenous people, says Jeffrey Kitingan.
Opposition leaders want the state government to ensure there is no abuse and that everything is above board so that no one can use it to give citizenship to illegal immigrants.
The UN body says stateless children continue to face abuse and neglect.
Health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad hopes to bring this proposal to July’s Parliament sitting to prevent spread of diseases.
At least allow their enrolment in primary schools, says UKM's Madeline Berma.
Unicef says all children are born equal and Putrajaya should continue to treat other cases of stateless children in the same manner.
The decision prompted their parents to withdraw their appeal at the Federal Court today.
Lawyers for Liberty voices disappointment over Putrajaya's stand on the matter despite Pakatan Harapan's promises prior to last year's election.
They say amending Section 17 of Federal Constitution will allow many stateless children to be recognised as citizens.
Jenifer Lasimbang, Sabah deputy minister of education and innovation, questions if the decision was properly thought out and whether it will worsen the situation in East Malaysia.
The three remaining cases will be considered once further particulars are submitted and applications are filed under Article 15A of the Federal Constitution.
Lawyers for Liberty’s executive director Latheefa Koya says stateless children previously not allowed to sit their UPSR, SPM exams should be given another chance.
Children without citizenship will only need to produce their birth certificates, adoption papers or court orders to register at government schools.
Unicef is conducting a study together with Universiti Malaysia Sabah and state think-tank Sabah Institute of Development Studies on stateless children.
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, the UN Special Rapporteur on exploitation of children, presents her preliminary findings.
Oh Ei Sun from the Pacific Research Centre says stateless people of foreign descent should be given some form of legitimate status to help them access employment and contribute to the state's human resource needs.
Young filmmaker Putri Purnama Sugua tells of the plight of the stateless children of Sabah.