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Government must not table regressive amendments to citizenship laws

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Civil Society organisations are once again calling on the government to halt proposed “regressive” alterations to the nation’s citizenship laws.

While they welcome some progressive aspects of the proposed amendments – something they’ve been fighting for, for decades – they’re pushing back against the regressive amendments that would only further worsen statelessness in Malaysia.

The government has responded, saying it will refer the proposed changes to the King and the council of rulers.

In response, a coalition of NGOs said they will submit a memorandum of objection to the King and the cabinet.

On 7 November, as reported by Malaysiakini, a spokesperson for the coalition Siti Rahayu Baharin, the co-founder of Buku Jalanan Chow Kit, said the memorandum will be sent as soon as possible.

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AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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