Thursday, 26 March, 2020

12:30pm – 2:30pm  Citizenship for Adopted Children and Stateless Individuals (Download pdf brochure )


Stateless individuals face a lifetime of uncertainty and discrimination and the process of being recognised as a Malaysian citizen is full of challenges. This is despite the fact that they may have been born in Malaysia and lived their entire lives here, or even have been adopted and raised by Malaysian citizens. This talk will cover the law on citizenship in Malaysia, in particular, the issues surrounding the interpretation by the courts of the relevant provisions in the Federal Constitution regarding citizenship. 

Talk Points

  • How the problem of statelessness arise 
  • The Federal Constitution on citizenship
  • The Adoption Act 1952 and the Legitimacy Act 1961 
  • Overview of the proceedings at the High Court for declarations of citizenship
  • Cases decided by Court


  • Jasmine Wong, Associate, Dispute Resolution Practice Group
  • Eric Toh, Associate, Dispute Resolution Practice Group

Location: MahWengKwai & Associates, Level 10, Tower B, Prima Avenue, Dataran Prima.

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