Home Ministry: Almost 55,000 Malaysians renounced citizenship since 2010

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi noted that the figures presented only included those who surrendered their citizenship, and did not take into account those who had their citizenships revoked. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi noted that the figures presented only included those who surrendered their citizenship, and did not take into account those who had their citizenships revoked. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 — A total of 54,406 Malaysians have renounced their citizenship from 2010 until January 31 this year, the Home Ministry has said.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi revealed the figures in his response to Parti Amanah Negara’s Mohamed Hanipa Maidin’s query in Parliament — who had also asked the reasons given by those who had renounced their citizenship.

“In this matter, the reason given for their surrender (of citizenship) is because they have chosen not to continue their Malaysian citizenship, and have obtained citizenship in another country,” Zahid Hamidi said.

The figures showed that in January this year alone, 1,102 people renounced their citizenship.

But 2011 recorded the highest number of cases, with 11,080 Malaysians renouncing their citizenship.

The lowest number of renouncement of citizenship during the period was in 2013 at 6,678 people.

The numbers increased to 7,843 and 8,076 in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

In his response, Zahid noted that the figures presented only included those who surrendered their citizenship, and did not take into account those who had their citizenships revoked. 

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