1,975 awarded citizenship since 2017

James Kon

From 2017 to date, 1,975 individuals have been awarded citizenship, said Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong at the 17th Legislative Council (LegCo) session on Saturday.

The minister was responding to a query by LegCo member Yang Berhormat Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman on the regulation that states that individuals holding an entry permit for at least 20 years are eligible to apply for citizenship.

Regarding entry permit holders or 1958 permanent residents who have been applying for citizenship for 20 years, the minister said, “Applicants must sit and pass the test to obtain citizenship.”