KUCHING: The Home Ministry’s proposed review of the standard operating procedure (SOP) for granting citizenship is welcome news for applicants, says a lawyer.
According to Simon Siah, the review’s aim of speeding up the process would help dispel the uncertainty faced by applicants, particularly if a time frame is given for a reply to their applications.
“For most of the applicants, it is the uncertainty of the future and the never-ending wait that feels like torture to them,” he said.
Siah, who has assisted several applicants, also said the SOP should be made public so that intending applicants can prepare the necessary documents before submitting their applications.
In addition, he said the ministry should provide reasons for rejection and propose to assist applicants on the next course of action.
On Monday, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said his ministry planned to review the SOP on granting citizenship to expedite the process.
He said the proposed review would be based on the law and the constitution.
“I’m hoping that once the SOP is cleared, there will be less arbitrary stuff. If you are entitled to citizenship, then you should get it. That is my position,” Muhyiddin told reporters at the Parliament lobby.