Home Ministry: No Truth To Rumour That 700,000 ICs Given To Foreigners

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PUTRAJAYA: The Government has not provided identity cards to 700,000 foreigners in Johor to become voters in Malaysia, says the Home Ministry.

In a statement Friday, its secretary general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said the awarding of citizenship was the highest award from the Malaysian Government.

“It is an exclusive right of the Federal Government and cannot be offered and given with impunity.

“It is incorrect to claim that the Government will give identity cards to 700,000 foreigners,” he said.

Alwi said every application for citizenship required detailed vetting as provided under Section III of the Federal Constitution.

He said this was because it would enable an individual to enjoy privileges and rights only enjoyed by citizens.

“The Ministry is committed to ensuring that all awards of citizenship are in order and comply with legislation being enforced so that security, harmony, unity and public order are maintained,” he said.