I've revoked Aussie PR status, says Ng


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 15 Mar 2003

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen has stated that the question of dual citizenship does not arise in her case. 

The Wanita MCA chief, who said she had revoked her permanent resident (PR) status in Australia in 1995, noted that the issue had been raised many years ago and she had replied to it back then. 

“I am a Malaysian-born and educated in Malaysia. The question of dual citizenship does not arise. 

“I cannot help but marvel at the timing of this 10-year-old issue being raised again,” she said in a statement yesterday. 

She was responding to a newspaper report on her PR status in Australia. 

According to the report, Dr Ng took her oath of office as a senator in August 1993, but she had declared herself a permanent resident nine months earlier in documents filed with the Australian authorities. 

Dr Ng said she had obtained PR status in 1990 to facilitate the need to travel to Australia frequently to look after her three sons who were studying there as the boys were in their formative years. 

“My husband and I realised the need to be with them as frequently as possible to ensure parental bonding.  

“The PR status enabled me to travel to Australia whenever needed and for any period of time,” she said. 

Dr Ng said she decided to revoke the PR status in 1995, the second year of her senatorship, as she no longer needed to travel to Australia frequently. 

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