Speedy citizenship for footballer, perpetual statelessness for local kids

Speedy citizenship for footballer, perpetual statelessness for local kids

There are close to 2,000 stateless kids in welfare homes, according to the Welfare Department. But we give selective citizenship to those favoured by the administration.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin must explain why Liridon Krasniqi was prioritised among others.

Is Liridon Kradniqi’s citizenship valid? Shouldn’t one have lived in Malaysia for a minimum of 10 years before even considered for a citizenship? Is something fishy going on? MACC, are you there?

No automatic citizenship for overseas-born children of Malaysian women. Many kids born to Malaysian men remain stateless despite a legal marriage. The home ministry must be transparent about how citizenships are given.

Stateless kids are easy targets for drug mules, child sex exploiters and traffickers and yet we dish out citizenship to a Kosovo-born midfielder?

Without citizenship, a child is often denied healthcare, education, the right to residence and travel, access to justice, and safety and physical well-being.

So why was Liridon Krasniqi given citizenship and not our stateless kids?

Charles Santiago is the Klang MP.

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