Malaysian advisory group applauds decision to abolish 1982 Myanmar Citizenship Law

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — The Malaysian Advisory Group on Myanmar applauded the decision made in the Second People’s Assembly convened by Myanmar’s National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) to abolish the notorious 1982 Myanmar Citizenship Law.

Malaysian Advisory Group on Myanmar chair Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the landmark decision to abolish the discriminatory Myanmar Citizenship Law (1982) demonstrates a significant move towards inclusivity and equality in accordance with Chapter 5 of the Federal Democracy Charter.

He said the law had systematically excluded the Rohingya people from their right to nationality for decades.

“We commend the significant strides made during the Second People’s Assembly.

“The assembly represents a crucial step towards fostering inclusivity, strengthening democratic processes, and formulating a new vision for a future Myanmar according to the will of the people,” he said in a statement.

Syed Hamid said the Assembly had also agreed to a strategic approach to combat the military junta's illegal conscription law through collaborative efforts with the people and revolutionary forces.

He said the key decision from the Assembly also included a commitment to harmonise mechanisms among revolutionary forces to ensure accountability in ground administration, defence, and security, aligning with the principles of the Federal Democracy Charter.

“The Malaysian Advisory Group on Myanmar acknowledges the outcome and recommendations made during the Assembly.

“We look forward to the continued coordination and dialogue among leading political organisations in Myanmar, in line with the Federal Democracy Charter.

“We also welcome the decision to convene the People’s Assembly biannually, fostering sustained engagement and democratic progress.

“The Malaysian Advisory Group on Myanmar remains committed to supporting Myanmar’s journey towards a peaceful, inclusive, and democratic future,” he said.

He also urged the Malaysian government and governments in the region to take heed of the Assembly and its outcomes to deepen the engagement with the diverse stakeholders involved in support of democracy and justice in Myanmar.

Syed Hamid added that the Assembly, that was held from April 4 to 9, saw the participation of 204 delegates, 104 special invitees, and 128 observers, showcased a commendable commitment to gender balance, with 34.3 per cent of female representation among participants.

“We also note that a number of Rohingya representatives were engaged as equal participants at the Assembly, including members of the Convening Committee for the establishment of a Rohingya Consultative Council,” he said.