Home Ministry to review SOPs to expedite granting of citizenship


KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry is planning to review the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for granting citizenship, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Home Minister said that the review is aimed at speeding up the process of granting citizenship.

"There are a certain grey areas that need to be well-defined. If that is done, then hopefully in the next one or two weeks, we can address the areas of concern,” he said.

Muhyiddin said the proposed reviews on the SOPs of granting citizenship will be based on the law and the constitution.

“We cannot compare one case to another. There are many cases which appear to be similar but they are not,” said Muhyiddin.

“What we need to do now is to speed up the process and I understand that very well. Even Sabah and Sarawak ministers have expressed their interests,” he added.

Muhyiddin was speaking to reporters when met at the Parliament lobby on Monday (April 1).

He also said that the government had fulfilled one of Pakatan Harapan’s pledges, which is to grant citizenship to those aged 60 and above.

“A majority of them are Indians, there are some Chinese and some Muslims. And, 1,600 people have been granted citizenship. That’s only within a few months.

“I’m hoping that once the SOPs are cleared, there will be less arbitrary stuff. If you are entitled to citizenship, then you should get it. That is my position,” Muhyiddin added.