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No marriage cert, no citizenship, reiterates Hamzah
Published on: Saturday, January 22, 2022
By: Bernama
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Home minister Hamzah Zainudin said this was because it has to be done in accordance with existing laws in the country. (Bernama file pic)
Larut: The government has no problem issuing citizenship certificates to applicants if they can produce valid marriage documents, said home minister Hamzah Zainudin.

He said this was because it has to be done in accordance with existing laws in the country.

“Among the conditions is to have a valid marriage certificate and the marriage has to be registered in the country,” he told a press conference after attending a “Program Kenduri Kampung” in Sungai Bayor near Selama today.

Hamzah said this in response to a report which quoted him as saying that a thorough investigation would be carried out to determine the citizenship status of Rohana Abdullah, who was abandoned as a two-month-old baby at a kindergarten 22 years ago after her Indonesian mother returned to her country.

The girl was reportedly forced to drop out of school because she did not have identification documents.

He advised all parties to abide by the rules and conditions set in obtaining citizenship status, such as registering a marriage, before problems involving their children arise later.

“I have reminded numerous times that even if there is a marriage certificate, but if the marriage is not registered in the country, there will be problems for the children who will be categorised as conceived out of wedlock or without status,” he said.

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