Govt approved only 198 of 9,259 citizenship applications for children from Sarawak and Sabah

Rubiah speaking in Parliament. Photo credit: Ukas

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KUCHING, March 16: A total of 198 citizenship applications for children under the age of 18 from Sarawak and Sabah have been approved.

According to a news report from the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) today, Minister of Home Affairs Dato Seri Hamzah Zainudin said the statistics are based on the National Registration Department’s records between 2017 and 15 February 2022.

“During the period, a total of 9,259 citizenship applications were received for children under the age of 18 from Sarawak and Sabah,” he explained in a written response to Kota Samarahan Member of Parliament Datuk Rubiah Wang in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (March 14).

Earlier, Rubiah inquired about the current status of citizenship applications and approvals, particularly for individuals who have not been determined to be Sarawak or Sabah residents. — DayakDaily