Home Minister: Citizenship issue involving kids born overseas to Malaysian mums will be prioritised


PUTRAJAYA: Newly appointed Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail vowed to prioritise the issue of citizenship involving children born overseas to Malaysian mothers.

Saifuddin said the ministry will look into the matter from every aspect including the Constitution, existing laws and humanity.

"It will surely be one of my main focuses.

"The matter will definitely need my consideration and decision but for the time being, I can confirm it is among the ministry's main agenda," he told reporters in his first press conference after clocking in at the ministry's headquarters on Tuesday (Dec 6).

He was asked whether the ministry would review laws regarding citizenship for children born overseas to Malaysian mothers.

On helming the ministry, Saifuddin said no compromise will be given in ensuring security and public order.

In line with the wish of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Saifuddin said agencies under the ministry, especially the police force, will give its full commitment in preserving the safety and security of the rakyat.

"I previously accompanied the Prime Minister in his meeting with the King. His Highness expressed his wish for political stability, enhancing the economy, addressing issues faced by the rakyat and preserving harmony in daily lives.

"I am confident the police force led by the Inspector-General of Police will be able to fulfil the duty of ensuring public order and safety," he said

Saifuddin, who was given a briefing by the ministry's top officials, said he was informed on the various challenges faced by the agencies under the ministry.

"It covers a wide range of issues including border security and voluntarism.

"If we manage it correctly by setting short and long-term goals, I am optimistic that we will be able to overcome such challenges," he added.

In terms of policy, there will not be any delay for improvements on existing policies if the need arises, Saifuddin said.

"If any policy needs improvements, we will do it as soon as possible with thorough consultation among those in the ministry.

"I will discuss further with the ministry's secretary-general on how such matters can be managed," he said.

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