Dual passport holders lose Malaysian citizenship automatically

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Tuesday that a Malaysian who holds dual citizenship will automatically lose his/her Malaysian citizenship, according to New Straits Times Online report on Wednesday.

He cited the Constitution which clearly states that a Malaysian would lose his/her citizenship once he becomes a citizen of another country.

His comment was in response to a reporter’s question about the Sarawak legislative assembly disqualifying Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon of the DAP for allegedly having Australian citizenship.

Zahid said the decision of Sarawak assembly could be challenged or brought to court by DAP, but Federal constitution must be upheld as the leading legal reference and respected by all.

It was alleged that several southern militants in Thailand’s Deep South have dual citizenship, enabling them to seek refuge in Malaysia when Thai security forces launch suppression drive against them.