Home Ministry denies granting 200,000 foreigners citizenship

The Home Ministry in a statement today denied a claim made by Twitter user TengkuRajaAlamShah that it granted citizenship to 200,000 foreigners in a quid pro quo exchange. Source (pic): Just Landed

The Home Ministry has dismissed claims that it granted citizenship to 200,000 foreigners in return for their support to the Pakatan Harapan government.

“Claims that more than 200,000 were granted citizenship are false. The ministry would like the Twitter user to come up with proof over his claims.

“Application for the status of a citizen under Article 16 is for persons born in the Federation before Merdeka Day on Aug 31, 1957; and for applications for citizenship registrations under Special Circumstances for those under age 21, under Article 15A.

The ministry urged the public to be vigilant when sharing information and to stop spreading false news to avoid confusion and creating tension among the people.


KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry has dismissed claims that it granted citizenship to 200,000 foreigners in return for their support to the Pakatan Harapan government.

The ministry in a statement today denied the claim which was made by a Twitter user with the username, TengkuRajaAlamShah.




Online checks by the NST revealed that the account has since been deleted by the user.

“Claims that more than 200,000 were granted citizenship are false. The ministry would like the Twitter user to come up with proof over his claims.

“From May 2018 to Sept 15, the ministry through the National Registration Department received 19,788 citizenship applications from various races.

“Of the amount, only 4,422 were granted citizenship as they fulfilled all the requirements based on provisions under the Federal Constitution. It is the highest form of award by the government and it is not granted randomly,” it said.

The statement said that citizenship was granted to applicants based on five provisions under the Federal Constitution.

“Application for the status of a citizen under Article 16 is for persons born in the Federation before Merdeka Day on Aug 31, 1957; and for applications for citizenship registrations under Special Circumstances for those under age 21, under Article 15A.

“The application for citizenship is also applicable for the wife of a citizen under Article 15 (1); and child under age of 21 whose parent is a citizen under Article 15(2).

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“It is also given under naturalisation under Article 19 for those aged 21 and older,” it said.

The ministry urged the public to be vigilant when sharing information and to stop spreading false news to avoid confusion and creating tension among the people.

“The government will not compromise with fake news and it will not hesitate to take action against those who spread it,” it said.

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