Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Last call for Malaysian Citizenship applicants

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry is offering a last chance to over 2,000 citizenship applicants who have changed their addresses to check their names on the ministry’s official website and attend the mandatory interview sessions from Oct 12-14.

The ministry’s National Registration and Societies Division secretary Datin Jariah Mohd Said said its notices to 2,303 people for the interviews under Section 19 (1) of the Federal Constitution had been returned unopened as they were no longer residing at the addresses listed when the applications were submitted.

She said the division understood that the applicants might have had to move out of the listed premises because these were applications submitted from 1997-2006, but added that they should have informed the National Registration Department of such changes.

“We sent out notices in August during the first phase to clear the over 32,000 backlogged applications between 1997 and 2006, but failed to reach over 3,000 of the applicants.

“We then advertised in newspapers the names of those who could not be reached and about 1,000 turned for interviews during the second phase last month.

“As a last resort we will place the names and interview details on the Home Ministry’s website from Wednesday.

“We urge all those who have not been called for interviews yet to get in touch with us or appear at the ministry on the day and time of the interview as listed,” she told a press conference here on Tuesday.

Jariah said this was the last effort that the ministry would make to contact those involved and they would not be given a chance to attend any interviews after Oct 14.

She however said that the processing of the applications would continue even if the applicants failed to attend the interviews, but the ministry would not be able to get updated information of the applicant and the application.

*Taken from The Star Online

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