Government Drops Plan To Deny Automatic Citizenship To Foundlings, Stateless Children

Malaysia Now

The government has abandoned its controversial plan to strip foundlings and stateless children born in the country of automatic citizenship following a cabinet decision today.

Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution said the government would not pursue two of the eight proposed constitutional amendments to change the provisions that will affect foundlings, abandoned babies and orphans.

The two provisions that will maintain the status quo are Section 1(e) and Section 19b of Article 14(1)(b) of the Federal Constitution.