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    Malaysia does not recognise dual citizenship

    PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – Malaysia does not recognise dual citizenship, Malaysian Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

    In response to the report alleging that thousands of Thai nationals were having dual citizenship which allowed them to go in and out of Malaysia without restriction since the 1980s, Muhyiddin said such dual citizenship holders will lose their Malaysian citizenship as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

    He said the Malaysians who obtained the citizenship of another country, either by registration, naturalisation or by other voluntary and formal act other than marriage, could be deprived of their Malaysian citizenship under Article 24(1) of the Federal Constitution.

    The deprivation of citizenship could also be done according to Article 24(2) of the Constitution for any Malaysian who voluntarily claimed and exercised in another country any rights available to him or her under the law of that country, he said.

    It includes the rights to vote in political elections in another country, to apply for passport/travel document from another country and to use passport/travel document of another country, he told a press conference after attending the presentation of Home Ministry’s Excellence Service Award yesterday.

    According to Muhyiddin, if a Malaysian citizen, by operation of law, obtained the nationality of another country, he did not commit an offence under Article 24 (1) of the Constitution as he has the legal rights in both countries.

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