You heard it right! A whopping over 70% Malays prefer a new life else-way, surrendering all their privileges and rights in this country. It would NOT be surprising if the desire for freedom (A lot of my female Malay friends say so, using marriage as a convenient way out) plays an important role in their decision for such a big move. I really appreciate Pak Lah for being so candid with this info but I also am disappointed with him for not repeating what he said about the right to freely convert out of Islam as reported by the Kyodo News Agency in Japan.
Read this astonishing Bernama news report about the 70% Malay surrender of citizenship below:
PUTRAJAYA, July 10 (Bernama) -- The Government will not reinstate the citizenship of Malaysians who have given up their citizenry of this country, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today.
He said Malaysians, who have surrendered their citizenship, also cannot re-apply for citizenhood.
"All those who had opted to surrender their citizenship have officially wrote in to the authorities informing that they are giving up their citizenship of this country.
"(Acting on their letters), the Home Affairs Ministry has granted permission to the applicants to surrender their citizenship. Surely, there must be specific reasons for the ministry to approve their requests.
"But one thing I want to stress and explain is that Malaysians who have surrendered their citizenship to the government cannot have their citizenship status reinstated later, suddenly they want to become a Malaysian citizen again," he told reporters after attending the Internal Security Ministry's monthly assembly.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho said yesterday Malays accounted for 70 per cent of Malaysians who surrendered their citizenship in favour of life overseas.
Between 1996 and April this year, 106,000 Malaysians have given up their citizenship. Of these, 79,199 are Malays; 25,107 Chinese, 1,347 Indians and 350 other races.
Tan said more women than men were emigrating, with marriage being cited as the most common reason by the women.
Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister, said two police training centres, in addition to the one in Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur, would be built in Langkawi and Bentong to step up enforcement and to fight rising crime.
"We will acquire a building in Langkawi so that the training centre can be operational soon," he added.