Type: Technical Report
Report on citizenship law : Malaysia and Singapore
Technical Report, [Global Governance Programme], GLOBALCIT, Country Reports, 2017/03
LOW, Choo Chin, Report on citizenship law : Malaysia and Singapore, [Global Governance Programme], GLOBALCIT, Country Reports, 2017/03 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/45371
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The Malaysian citizenship regime is shaped by British colonialism, federalism, the politics of communalism and ethnic nationalism. Ius soli has been controversial in Malayan citizenship history due to the immigration history of British Malaya. Birthright citizenship for many generations of immigrants was contested because they were not readily assimilated into the Malayan way of life, which challenged the ethnic homogeneity of Malay nation-states. The adoption of territorial birthright principles was contested in the post-war period due to the emergence of politics of communalism and ethnic nationalism. As ius soli has been controversial in Malayan citizenship history, the Federation of Malaya (1948) resorted to the principle of double ius soli, followed by the principle of delayed ius soli in 1952 before fully institutionalising unconditional ius soli on the eve of Malayan independence in 1957.
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Series/Number: [Global Governance Programme]; GLOBALCIT; Country Reports; 2017/03
Sponsorship and Funder information:
Research for the 2016/2017 GLOBALCIT Reports has been supported by the European University Institute’s Global Governance Programme, the EUI Research Council, and the British Academy Research Project CITMODES (co-directed by the EUI and the University of Edinburgh).