Time for a more modern approach to citizenship issue

IN February, Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and law and institutional reform minister Azalina Othman released a joint statement announcing that the cabinet had agreed to amend the Federal Constitution to enable automatic Malaysian citizenship to children born overseas to Malaysian mothers.

It was expected to be tabled in the current Dewan Rakyat meeting. With our country celebrating the International Women’s Day on March 8, the first since the new government took office, this is surely a welcoming step towards achieving gender equality.