1. I have applied for citizenship status at the National Registration Department and have been informed that my application has already been forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs. How long will it take to process the application?
An application that has been processed by the National Registration Department will be processed, examined and scrutinised thoroughly by the ministry before it is submitted for the consideration of the Minister of Home Affairs. Starting 2010, the ministry has able to reduced the time to process citizenship application to one year period. Thus, the applicants will be informed result on application before 31 December one year after.
2. I have been informed by the National Registration Department that I have been deprived of my citizenship status and I need to go to the Ministry of Home Affairs to apply to regain my citizenship status. What do I need to do?
Those who have been deprived of their citizenship status must first obtain Malaysian permanent resident status by applying for an entry permit at the Immigration Department of Malaysia, which is subject to the conditions stipulated by the Immigration Department. After the entry permit application has been approved, the applicant needs to go to the National Registration Department in person to obtain a MyPR. After the applicant is issued a MyPR, he may go to the ministry to submit an application to regain his citizenship status under Article 18(2) of the constitution through the form provided. Only applications that satisfy the conditions outlined by the ministry will be considered.
3. I have renounced my citizenship status to become a citizen of a European country. Now, I wish to become a Malaysian citizen again. What do I need to do?
Those who have renounced or surrendered their citizenship and wish to become Malaysian citizens again need to obtain Malaysian permanent resident status first by applying for an entry permit at the Immigration Department of Malaysia, which is subject to the conditions stipulated by the Immigration Department. After the entry permit application has been approved, the applicant needs to go to the National Registration Department in person to obtain a MyPR. After the applicant is issued a MyPR, he may go to the ministry to submit an application to regain his citizenship status under Article 18(2) of the constitution through the form provided. Only applications that satisfy the conditions outlined by the ministry will be considered.
4. I am a Singapore citizen holding Malaysian permanent resident status. Can I apply for Malaysian citizenship earlier without having to wait 12 years?
Yes, you can. Applicants should submit their applications to the ministry under Article 19(4) of the constitution using the form provided. Only applications that satisfy the conditions outlined by the ministry will be considered.
5. What are the types of citizenship applications available at the National Registration Department?
The types of citizenship applications as provided under the Federal Constitution are:
i. Article 15(1) of the Federal Constitution:
* wife of a Malaysian citizen;
* holding Malaysian permanent resident status for a period of two (2) years before the date of application; and
* of good character.
ii. Article 15(2) of the Federal Constitution:
* Application by the parent or guardian who is a Malaysian citizen;
* For children under the age of twenty-one (21) years; and
* At the time of birth, the mother or father was a Malaysian citizen.
iii. Article 15A of the Federal Constitution:
* For children under the age of twenty-one (21) years; and
* Applications under special circumstances as deemed fit by the federal government
iv. Article 16 of the Federal Constitution:
* Person who is eighteen (18) years of age or more;
* Born in the federation before National Day;
* Holding Malaysian permanent resident status for a period of seven (7) years;
* Intends to reside permanently;
* Of good character; and
* · Has elementary knowledge of the Malay language
v. Article 19 (1) of the Federal Constitution:
* Person who is twenty-one (21) years of age or more;
* Holding Malaysian permanent resident status for a period of twelve (12) years;
* Of good character; and
* Has adequate knowledge of the Malay language
6. Registration of Society
What is the meaning of society?
Under Section 2 of the Societies Act 1966, ‘society’ is defined as any association, club or body that operates on the basis of a membership which consists of 7 members or more and is formed with specific purposes, whether temporary or permanent, but does not include associations/bodies that have been constituted under other laws that are in force in Malaysia such as companies, trade unions and co-operatives.
7. How do I form a society?
1. A founding meeting which is attended by at least 7 persons should be held;
2. The meeting should make the following resolutions:
* Agreement to form the society;
* Approval of the society’s name that will be registered (the name of the society should be in line with the purpose and membership of the society);
* Appointment of members of the Society Sponsoring Committee to handle the registration of the society; and
* Approval of the rules of the society to be registered.
3. The proceeding of the founding meeting (minutes of the meeting) and decisions on the resolutions made are to be recorded.
8. How do I apply to register a society?
Applications to register a society should be submitted to the Registrar of Societies in the state where its address is registered. Any further information on the application procedure may be obtained from the nearest State Registrar of Societies or at http:www.ros.gov.my/jppmnew/.
9. What can cause the registration of a society to be cancelled?
There are many reasons why the registration of a society is cancelled. Among them are:
1. The society is dissolved by its members under Section 13(1)(a) of the Societies Act 1966;
2. The society is found to be prejudicial to the security, public order or morality of the country and an order is made by the minister according to Section 5 of the Societies Act 1966 as provided under Section 13(1)(b);
3. The society is registered as a result of a fraud or mistake or misrepresentation under Section 13(1)(c)(i);
4. The society is used for unlawful purposes or for purposes incompatible with peace, welfare, order or morality under Section 13(1)(c)(ii);
5. The society is pursuing objects other than the objects with which the society is registered under Section 13(1)(c)(ii);
6. The society is found to have wilfully contravened the Societies Act 1966, Societies Regulations 1984 or any regulation made thereunder or contravened Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948, under Section 13(1)(c)(iv);
7. The society has ceased to exist under Section 13(1)(c)(v);
8. The society has failed to comply with the order to amend its rules or constitution as required by the Registrar under Section 13A, as mentioned under Section 13(1)(c )(vi);
9. The society has failed to comply with the provisions of Section 2A, as mentioned under Section 13(1)(c)(vii);
10. The society has failed to comply with the provisions of Section 52, as mentioned under Section 13(1)(c)(viii);
11. The society is facing a dispute among its members or office-bearers and fails to comply with a notice served under Section 16(1), as mentioned under Section 13(1)(c)(ix);
12. The society has failed to submit its annual return as mentioned under Section 13(1)(d).
10. Can a society whose registration has been cancelled be registered again?
A society that has been cancelled under Section 13(1)(b) on the order of the Minister of Home Affairs under Section 5 that the society/branch or class or description of the society is unlawful, may not be registered again as long as the order of the minister is not withdrawn. A society that is cancelled under Section 13(1)(d) can be registered again under a name which is different from the original subject to Section 14(8), i.e. the society has complied with the order made under Section 14 or the society has proved to the satisfaction of the registrar that it is impossible to comply with the order. Other societies that have been cancelled may be registered again but the office-bearers of such societies are not allowed to hold any post in the Sponsoring Committee without the permission in writing of the registrar according to Section 49.
11. If a society is aggrieved by the decision of the Registrar of Societies, what action can be taken by the local society, office-bearer or member of the local society?
Any local society, office-bearer or member of a society who is aggrieved by the decision of the Registrar of Societies may, within 30 days of the date of the decision, appeal against the decision to the Minister of Home Affairs; and the minister may confirm, reject or change the decision of the Registrar of Societies, and the decision of the minister is final.
12. What is the appeal procedure for a society?
A society may submit an appeal to the Ministry of Home Affairs through the state Registrar of Societies or the headquarters to be forwarded to the National Registration and Societies Division. The division will prepare an appeal paper after complete information on the appeal has been received for subsequent submission to the Minister of Home Affairs.
13. How long does it take to obtain a decision on the appeal?
The time taken to obtain a decision on the appeal is dependent on the completeness of information provided by the society making the appeal. If the information is complete, a decision can be expected within 30 working days. In the event the information is incomplete, the decision will take a longer time.
National Registration and Societies Division
Ministry of Home Affairs
Level 4, Block D2, Complex D
Federal Government Administrative Centre
Tel: 03-8886 3162
Fax: 03-8889 1689
Ministry of Interior is responsible for determining and ensuring citizenship status is awarded to those who truly deserve and are entitled to receive such status in order to receive their Malaysian citizenship will not affect safety , harmony , unity , public order and the country.
" Malaysian Citizenship is the highest award given by the Federal Government to foreigners. "
How to Apply for Citizenship
All citizenship applications to be submitted in the National Registration Department ( NRD ) . Only those who meet the requirements as stipulated by the Constitution ( Part III ) can apply .
Application forms can be obtained and submitted at any of the Headquarters of the State or National Registration Department headquarters in Putrajaya .
For the application under Article 16 and 19 , applicants are required to sit an English test conducted by the National Registration Department ( NRD ) . Basis for the application for Malaysian citizenship is as follows :
* Good behavior and no criminal record .
* Reside in a long time.
* Have a high level of commitment and deep-rooted in the country.
* Understand the language , culture and country meet .
* Contributing to society and the State .
* Faithful and loyal to the country .
Malaysian Citizenship Application Under Article 15 ( 2) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia Representative Office Abroad
Starting on June 1, 2010 , the Home Ministry has relaxed the citizen class woman who married a foreigner class who want to decide for her Malaysian citizenship who were born outside of the country , can apply for Malaysian citizenship under Article 15 ( 2 ) of the Constitution of Malaysia in any Malaysian Representative Office abroad. The main condition of the application is for a child who is born begins on January 1, 2010 and their citizenship status application must be submitted within one ( 1 ) year from the date of the child's birth .
Reasons why Citizenship Application takes time to approve
* Each application will be reviewed carefully.
* Each application will undergo Security Clearance process by PDRM ( Royal Malaysian Police ) .
* To ensure that the application is genuine .
Loss of Citizenship
Every citizen can lose their citizenship status caused by two conditions as provided by the Constitution by Rejection ( Article 23 of the Constitution) and Stripping Citizenship (Article 24 , 25 and 26 of the Federal Constitution ) .
Three main categories of appeal Organization :
i . Rejection
The Registrar of Societies is empowered to reject the application for registration of an establishment if:
1 . Branch of the organization is to any registered association has been deregistered .
2 . The establishment is not in accordance with the provisions of the 1966 Act .
3 . There is a dispute between members of the organization about the people who will hold office in the organization .
4 . The organization illegal .
5 . The organization does not actually exist .
6 . Name you want to register confusing organization , similar to the organization that has registered or inappropriate .
7 . The Constitution contains no organization matters described in Schedule 1 of the Act 1966 and for mutual benefit society , the matters in Schedule 2 of the same Act .
ii . Temporarily Dissolution
1 . It is the responsibility of each registered organization to submit annual returns to the Registrar of Societies ( CCS ) on a timely basis .
2 . If the association fails to do so , a warning notice [ Notice 14 ( 2 ) ] will be given by the department and the organization must submit information within a specified time .
3 . If the organization has not submitted the matter, then the Department will give notice of dissolution while [ Notices 14 ( 5 ) ] to the organization and the organization will be deterred from continuing operations until the order is drawn back .
iii . Cancellation
String of notice 14 ( 5 ) , if the body still does not comply with the order given , a cancellation notice will be issued [ Notices 13 ( 1 ) ( d ) ] to the organization . Organizations will be considered as null until the order is withdrawn .
- To inform applicants of decisions on citizenship made by the Minister of Home Affairs in accordance with the Federal Constitution within 40 working days
- To make known decisions of the Minister of Home Affairs pertaining to cases of rejection, temporary dissolution and deregistration of societies under the Societies Act 1966 within 5 working days.