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By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, Aug 11: Out of the 1,044 citizenship applications submitted under Article 15A, only 267 have been granted in the State.
This is based on statistics provided today by the Ministry of Women, Early Childhood, and Community Wellbeing Development (KWKPK) for the period August 2016 to March 2022.
According to KWKPK minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, the Sarawak government is stepping up efforts to help stateless children under the age of 21 obtain citizenship.
“The Sarawak National Registration Department (JPN) is now in charge of ensuring that the application form sent is complete in order to expedite the approval process.
“This needs to be emphasised because applications have previously been rejected due to incomplete forms.
“The checklist for completing the form provided by JPN will be re-examined so that the application is not rejected later because the documents are incomplete,” she told reporters today during a visit to the Sunway Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM) Centre and Sunway Fertility Centre at Canaan Square here. — DayakDaily