Special laboratory on Sabah foreign citizens

Effective July 1, the home ministry will introduce different birth certificates for Malaysian citizens and non-citizens.

The minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, said this was one of 22 suggestions and initiatives from the Special Laboratory on Sabah Foreign Citizens, which were tabled at the fifth Cabinet Committee of Foreign Workers and Illegal Immigrants (JKKPA-PATI) meeting yesterday.

The initiative carried out through the National Registration Department (NRD) would involve differences in format which included the certificate’s colour, he said in a statement here today.

“For a start, the NRD will issue red birth certificates for children who are non-citizens.

Currently, all birth certificates issued by the department are green, regardless of their citizenship status.

“However, the children’s citizenship is based on their parents’ citizenship status during their birth,” he added.