In Sept 2009, I raised my concern about the fact that my child would not qualify for Malaysian citizenship as the law says that child born abroad will follow the father's citizenship.
In Apr 2010, the Malaysian government issued a statement saying that children born abroad to Malaysian mothers qualify for citizenship.
I don't know how I miss the news, but starting from 1 Jun 2010, the government has actually implemented a regulation enabling Malaysian women married to foreigners to apply Malaysian citizenship for their children born abroad. Thanks to Sze who sent me the link to Malaysian High Commission in London which contains some valuable information plus the necessary forms Borang B and Lampiran A 15(2).
I contacted the Embassy of Malaysia in Paris, they confirmed that they could now process the Application of citizenship from Malaysian mothers. However, applicant should meet certain conditions:
1. Application of citizenship must be made with the Malaysian Mission overseas in within in one (1) year from the date of birth of child. (I'm so mad at myself, I should have followed this closely. Aelig is already 14 months so it is too late for her)
2. Mother is Malaysian whe the child is born (ok for Aelig)
3. Child is born after a valid marriage (ok for Aelig)
4. Child born before 1 Jan 2010 should apply directly with the Citizenship department in Malaysia. (We could have done that, we left Malaysia just 8 days ago!)
When researching further on this topic, I found that there is a big concern / catch that would stop many from welcoming this new regulation. The parents need to sign the form A 15(2)at the Embassy whereby they declare that their child is holding only Malaysian nationality. Both parents have to agree that their child will be Malaysian citizen and they are fully aware that Malaysia does not recognize dual citizenship.
Does it mean my child have to give up her French citizenship? Will they confiscate her French passport? How can she stay in France if she is no longer French? I wrote an email to the Citizenship department and to my surpise, they replied within a few day! What a big improvement from the government agency! Anyway, from the reply, it says that I could send in my application whenever I return to Malaysia, and I could do this without having an appointment. Besides, my child doesn't need to renounce her French citizenship, she will just need to choose between being French or Malaysian when she turns 21.
Anyone knows of any Malaysian mother who has successfully gotten Malaysian citizenship for her child?