Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's concern for stateless Rohingya people should be commended, but he should also show concern over thousands of stateless children born in Malaysia, a DAP lawmaker said.
Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching said she was touched by Zahid's impromptu donation drive yesterday for the Rohingya community affected by war and hoped he would similarly show empathy for stateless people born in Malaysia.
"Hundreds of thousands of stateless children are living in Malaysia, but Zahid does not feel compelled to do something for them.
"According to a parliamentary written reply from him, between 2012 and January 2017, 15,394 children born in Malaysia were denied citizenship, even though their fathers are Malaysian citizens," Teo said.
This figure, she said, would mean that, on average, eight people are born stateless in Malaysia every day...