Saturday, June 2, 2007


I met a lot of ex Malaysians during my time abroad, who gave up their Malaysian citizenship and acquire the citizenship of their adopted country. When I asked, why they made that choice, their answers range from for the sake of their children’s education, to live a better life and because of the fact that they were married with foreigners. I truly respect and admire their sacrifice for the sake of their better future in life.

Then, there were those whose reasons was that, so they can enjoy the best of both worlds, since their adopted country allows dual citizenship. I am cool with that too, but I did advised them Malaysia doesn’t allow dual citizenship and if they were found to have another country’s citizenship while they are in Malaysia by the authorities, their Malaysian citizenship will be revoke.

I also did meet a few ex Malaysian who renounced their Malaysian citizenship so that they can withdraw their EPF savings.

Words just escape me, whenever I heard that kind of reply. But I guess maybe they really were desperate enough.

Some of them, who are now retired, asked me how to get the Malaysian citizenship back because they want to go back and live in Malaysia. When I enquired why, they said they want to spend their remaining life in Malaysia and as a Malaysian. I don’t have the heart to tell them it’s a very difficult and long process and the fact that they were once a Malaysian doesn’t help them in anyway. “There is this Malaysia My Second Home Programme, you know, maybe you could look into that”. I told them.

Renouncing a citizenship of any country is a serious matter. Giving it up demands sacrifices. And I for one, do admire the sacrifices that they made.

But not for EPF savingslah, please.


Anonymous said...

A lot of other countries allow their citizen to hold dual citizenships. Why Malaysian are not allowed to hold dual citizenships? Don't you think that we are too backwards??

akula said...

Anonymous: About the why, honestly, I dont know although I have a few ideas. But I dont think that its fair to use that as a yardstick to measure progress.

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