Malaysian government should uphold gender equality, allow Malaysian mothers to confer citizenship


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THE Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is deeply disappointed by the Aug 5, 2022, Court of Appeal decision which denied the rights of Malaysian mothers in conferring citizenship on their children born overseas.

The Court of Appeal, in a two-to-one majority, arrived at its decision by interpreting that the word "father” used in Malaysia’s Federal Constitution cannot be interpreted harmoniously to include "mother”.

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