Dr Rais: Issue over PR status purely academic


  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Mar 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The controversy over the Australian permanent resident status of Deputy Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen is purely academic as she has revoked it, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said. 

Dr Rais said Dr Ng had not committed any criminal act and as such the controversy did not warrant a resignation from the Wanita MCA chief. 

He was commenting on calls by some MCA leaders for Dr Ng to resign from her government position as Dr Ng was an Australian permanent resident when she was sworn in as a senator in 1993. 

Speaking to reporters at Parliament lobby, Dr Rais said the Federal Constitution stated that it was wrong for a person to hold two citizenships but this did not apply to Dr Ng’s case because the PR status did not equate to a citizenship. 

When it was pointed out that Dr Ng had explained that she had relinquished the PR status, Dr Rais said: “Then the discussions about it are now purely academic.”  

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