In the advent of computers and the World Wide Web, it is no doubt that the internet has become a great source of information. It has become a powerful tool for researchers and even to ordinary people like me seeking information on something.
I have written a blog post on how to register a foreign child born in Malaysia a year ago. And I am glad that the post somehow helps people (especially fellow Filipino) seeking information on the latter matter. As the author, I try to answer their questions as long as I am knowledgeable about the question. A fellow Filipina asked about the (would be) benefits of a child born in Malaysia. And that motivates me to right this post and I hope (just like the other post)this would become interesting and informative.
When my friends learned that I gave birth to our first child in Malaysia, instantly they thought my baby is a Malaysian Citizen. Unlike in United States, a foreign child born in Malaysia does not automatically obtain Malaysian citizenship. Malaysian citizenship is obtained by blood, hence to obtain Malaysian citizenship one of the parent should be a Malaysian Citizen.
In other circumstances, a child born in Malaysia to foreign parents is not A Malaysian Citizen. Children born in wedlock to two Malaysian citizens are Malaysian citizens regardless of the country of their birth. Children born in wedlock, in Malaysia, of a Malaysian mother and foreign father are also Malaysian citizens; the same thing goes with children born out of wedlock, in Malaysia, of a Malaysian mother. However, children born in wedlock abroad to a Malaysian mother and a foreign father are considered to have received the father’s citizenship. Children born out of wedlock, abroad, to a Malaysian mother are not considered citizens, but may enter Malaysia with permanent resident status, with the mother, and may apply for citizenship.
For more information you may visit National Registration Department of Malaysia.Source: UNHCR