Azis Jamman: Govt has no intention to use DNA testing to award citizenship

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  • Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has no intention to use DNA testing as a sole conclusive evidence in its criteria to award citizenship, says Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman.

The Deputy Home Minister said the government only uses the DNA testing as a supportive document to confirm the blood relations of an individual and family members, especially between a child with their parents or other siblings.

"This is because each (citizenship) application still needs to follow other laws, including those related to marriage registration and valid residency status in the federation," he told Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew (PH-Wangsa Maju) during Question Time in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 27).

Tan had asked the Ministry whether it has any intention to use DNA testing for the purpose of citizenship application.

Mohd Azis said the citizenship status of an individual was determined by the status of the marriage, and the citizenship status of the biological parents while the mother is pregnant.

"The method to record citizenship of an individual used by the National Registration Department (JPN) is in line with the provisions of Part III of the Federal Constitution, Citizenship Rules 1964 and all other related clauses that enforces on marriage registration, immigration rules and others," he said.

Mohd Azis also said the government does not recognise dual citizenship, and those who have any information on those who are holding it should lodge a report at JPN.

"We will ask the individual to either let go of the other citizenship or denounce their Malaysian citizenship," he told Mohd Salim Mohd Sharif (BN-Jempol), who asked the Ministry whether it has any information on those holding dual citizenship.

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