PUTRAJAYA – The Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) had formed a special task force to speed up issuing citizenship to applicants, in line with Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto.
The special task force will be led by the KDN Deputy Secretary-General.
It is expected that a major portion of the issues regarding Malaysian citizenship applications will be solved by the end of this year or early next year.
Beginning of the year 2020, all citizenship applications received for individuals below 21 years would undergo a more efficient process of three months 14 days at the National Registration Department (NRD) and eight months at the Home Ministry (KDN).
“If the applicants are eligible (to obtain citizenship), they should not be delayed to the extent of taking more than five years, Minister of Home Affairs, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
The new standard operating procedure (SOP) would now enable the NRD and Home Ministry to carry out their tasks in a more transparent manner and speed up every process based on fairness, compared to instances where the applicant had to wait up to 10 years.
“During a five-year period between 2013 until 2018, the NRD recorded citizenship applications of 111,142 with 26,222 applications being rejected while 54,222 were still in the process where 27,835 were applications under Article 15A of the Federal Constitution relating to children without citizenship,” Muhyiddin told Bernama .
He also stressed that more than 27,000 cases that were delayed could be handled and resolved by the special task force._ Malaysia World News