Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (centre) greeting the guests during his arrival at the Handing over of Citizenship Approval Documentation Ceremony at the DBKL Tower, Kuala Lumpur today. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL, 31 OCTOBER 2017

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak rubbished the political opposition claim that about 300,000 Malaysian Indians were without citizenship papers.

The Prime Minister said the claim was a lie because only about 2,500 citizenship applications had been received from Malaysian Indians, including those born before independence and whose births had not been registered.

The MyDaftar initiative which covered every part of the country did not find 300,000 stateless Malaysian Indians as claimed by the opposition, he said, adding that the matter had even been brought to the attention of the UK Parliament.

“This is a fairy tale. We only have 2,500 applications (for citizenship from Malaysian Indians). It is just like the claim that we brought in 40,000 Bangladeshi voters in the last general election, that the country would go bankrupt, and many other baseless stories,” he said when handing over citizenship documents to Malaysian Indians here.

Also present at the event were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam and leaders of MyPPP, All Malaysian Indian Progressive Front and Makkal Sakti.

Najib emphasized that the government is serious about defending the fates of Malaysian Indians.

Since the launch of MyDaftar in 2010, it has received 12,326 applications from Malaysian Indians as of 2016.

From that amount, 7,126 applications have been approved where 4,390 of the applications involved citizenship documentations, 1,946 applications were on the late registration of birth while 790 applications involved MyKad.

According to the Prime Minister, the citizenship will benefit the Indians as it involved their rights as a citizen which include admission into public universities, 1Malaysia People Aid, Tekun and Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia financing schemes. – MalaysiaGazette

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