Appeals court rules Sabah-born man is Malaysian citizen, after 15-year wait as stateless person

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Wong Kueng Hui, who is now 27, had waited for the past 15 years to be recognised as a Malaysian citizen.
Wong Kueng Hui, who is now 27, had waited for the past 15 years to be recognised as a Malaysian citizen.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 — In a majority decision today, the Court of Appeal ruled that a stateless man born in Sabah to a Malaysian father and a mother of uncertain nationality is entitled to Malaysian citizenship.

Wong Kueng Hui, who is now 27, had waited for the past 15 years to be recognised as a Malaysian citizen.

Court of Appeal judge Datuk Che Mohd Ruzima Ghazali today delivered the majority decision in Wong’s favour, saying that the High Court was correct in deciding in 2019 that Wong is entitled under the law to be a Malaysian.

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