Renouncing Malaysian citizenship

In 2016, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi disclosed that 56,576 Malaysians renounced their citizenship between 2006 and April 2016. Of these, 49,864 were Chinese, 1,833 were Indians and 844 were Malays. The remaining 4,044 were people of other races.

They yearn to call S’pore home, but PR or citizenship still elusive for some foreigners

SINGAPORE – Having previously lived in Malaysia, Brunei and the United Kingdom, Ms Thaya Than Tun, a consultant at a global recruitment agency, said she has fallen in love with the Republic — her “home away from home” for the last 2.5 years.

“It is systematic, safe and clean. Everything is easily accessible,” said Ms Than Tun, 30, who hails from Myanmar.

Although she had her application for permanent residency rejected last year by the Singapore authorities, she is determined to sink her roots here.

Like Ms Than Tun, some foreigners have found it more difficult to become a Permanent Resident or Singapore citizen after the Government tightened the inflow of immigrants following the 2011 General Election, where the influx of foreigners was among the hot button issues.

Ms Margaret Yang, 30, was among the more fortunate ones. She came here from Wuhan, China, on a Singapore government scholarship in 2005 at the age of 17. Six months after starting her first job in 2011, she managed to get her PR. In January last year, she became a Singapore citizen. “I was lucky,” said Ms Yang, who is working as a market analyst after serving her bond with the Government.

But she noted that most of her friends from abroad were unable to get their PR. “My friends who came after 2010, it was very tough for them to get it. Even with a Master’s degree, or them coming from top-tier schools overseas and (earning) a well-paid salary, they could not get a PR,” she said. “There was no sense of security for them even if they wanted to settle down here. Eventually after trying (for) two years, four years, six years, they left in the end.”

On their part, Singaporeans whom TODAY spoke said they welcome foreigners, so long as the inflow is well-managed by the Government — with companies not turning to hiring foreigners as the easy way out or the cheaper option — and the foreigners make efforts to assimilate into Singapore society.

31 August 2017

Excerpts from:

‘Our children leave because they’re second-class citizens here’

YOURSAY | Truthfully, the situation is ‘really no hope’.

Choosing to return to Malaysia, with hope

Have A Great Day: Malaysiakini contributor James Chai, I respect your stand in choosing to return to Malaysia after studying abroad, and I salute you.

But truth be told. I gave no words of encouragement to my son, who is a professional, when he talked about coming home to contribute his services to society. No, he has not taken up citizenship in his country of domicile at the moment but I will only be too happy if he decides to.

Yes, I am one of those rooting for change. But until that day comes, I feel my son will only be coming back to a country where he is a second-class citizen, at best.

No one need point out to me that discrimination also happens in advanced countries, but at least it is not institutionalised.

Wira: James, all my children have emigrated. I encouraged them to.

If we have to start a new life and establish new networks in our working life, we had better do it in a more conducive place. Certainly not in one where government leaders occasionally remind you that you are an immigrant, despite having three generations of forefathers who were born here.

Our forefathers came here for a better life. We should do so too, especially for one who is already endowed with global exposure and education.

So James, review what you have written today every five years and let us know whether that flame in your belly is still there.

Anonymous_1372506588: James, my family emigrated to a foreign Western country almost 30 years ago, even though I had no job to go to. I left a secure job doing work that I enjoyed for a life of uncertainty.

I eventually got a job in a country that is Malaysia’s neighbour, and had hopes of returning to Malaysia. But I saw that race policies continued, religious intolerance increased, corruption had become endemic and seemed like a way of life. Malaysia has become more racially divided and many politicians behave like thieves.

When I retired, I returned to the foreign Western country where at least there is fairness, where my children and their children have opportunities equal to other children and there is rule of law.

Legit: You are wrong, James. It is not the pay that encourages Malaysians to emigrate to other countries. Far from it.

It is the worsening trend that this country is going through, especially for the non-bumiputeras, be it in economic and educational opportunities, treatment of non-bumiputeras as second-class and third-class citizens, religious bigotry, decaying quality of education, endemic corruption, failure of the government and its institutions to uphold justice and fairness – and the list goes on.

Let me tell you, things are not going to change for the better and in fact, they will only get worse. I would encourage Malaysians, especially the non-bumiputeras, to send their children to countries where they can get a better education, are valued for their intelligence and capability and where they can make a better life for themselves.

It is too late for the old folk to move as they are all set and used to in their way of life in this country. Maybe you will realise this yourself, after being here for a few years.

TheAxman: James, you said in your article that “being a member of a home carries with it an implicit promise of helping each other when we fall, doing more than our share, and making room for the greater good”.
I, for one, have said that enough is enough. I am a guest in a foreign country right now and they treat me far better and fairer than my own home country. And I am a bumiputera!

The Observer: Yes, Malaysia is a beautiful country. James, your decision to return should be applauded, because it is people like you that will make the difference.

Draw a line in the sand and show that they cannot defeat the spirit of a patriotic people united in the defence of their homeland, called Malaysia. Stand together and make Malaysia free again.

Mahsuri: Exactly, James. Spot on. In the words of Karen Carpenter, “I felt he found my letters, and read each one out loud”.

You will be surrounded by defeatist and worse, angry people who have given up. Use your fury constructively, let it fuel you to change what is wrong, not blind you nor deflate you.

Don’t let the naysayers and indifference-mongers bring you down.

23 August 2017

KL2017: Once Malaysian, now Singaporean: Loh has no regrets switching allegiances

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang-born badminton player Loh Kean Yew has no regrets switching allegiances to Singapore.

Kean Yew, who now holds Singaporean citizenship, put up a strong fight before going down to Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven in three sets in the men’s team event semi-final at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017) today.

Kean Yew, who made his Sea Games debut for Singapore at the 2015 edition, said he is not looking back.

“I do not regret this decision. They (Singapore) have given me all the support I needed since I continued my studies there when I was 13,” said the 20-year-old, when met after his match today.

“I don’t deny that my coach in Malaysia had taken care of me and developed my skills; however, I have long studied and adapted to life in Singapore.”

Kean Yew’s brother Loh Kean Hean, who is two years older, is also part of the Singapore badminton team at KL2017 and had partnered Terry Hee in the men’s doubles.

Translated from Berita Harian

17 May 2017



Why some Malaysians want to live elsewhere

PETALING JAYA: A recent Oxford University study appears to reinforce the popular belief that many Chinese and Indians have a strong desire to leave Malaysia.

However, some may be surprised that the research also found that 15% of the Malay respondents would like to emigrate.

The study, carried out in Peninsular Malaysia last September and October, involved 503 Malays, 500 Chinese and 501 Indians. It investigated, among other things, the relationship between perceived discrimination and action tendencies such as the desire to emigrate and the willingness to engage in collective action.

Azrul Mohd Khalib, a spokesperson for the secular activist group Bebas, is not one of those who is surprised by the findings.

Speaking to FMT, he said Malaysians, especially the young, regardless of their ethnicity, were increasingly feeling that they didn’t have a place in the country.

“Many in the younger generation feel less secure about their personal well being, are pessimistic about Malaysia’s future and their place in that future,” he said.

“And those who are not Bumiputeras are uncertain as to how they are being viewed and treated by fellow Malaysians despite generations of citizenship.”
In recent times, some Malay rights groups have made statements that have rocked Malaysia’s multicultural boat, such as calling on the government to require children to be able to speak Bahasa Malaysia before issuing them with MyKads.


Almost half of Chinese surveyed want to emigrate

May 6, 2017

Oxford University study shows 15% of Malays want to leave Malaysia, too, although Malays and Indians express a greater willingness for collective action to resolve discrimination issues.


PETALING JAYA : While the Chinese have the highest desire to emigrate due to perceived unfairness in the country, about 15% of Malays, too, want to leave the country.

A study by Oxford University also found that Indians were the most inclined to work collectively to resolve issues affecting them.

The CIMB Foundation funded study found that 15.5% of Malays, 48.8% of Chinese and 37.3% of Indians reported a stronger than average desire to emigrate from Malaysia.

The percentage of respondents expressing a strong desire to emigrate were higher for those who had at least completed their secondary education: 17.3% of Malays, 52.6% of Chinese and 42% of Indians.

Also, younger Malaysians formed the largest group among all ethnicities that wanted to emigrate.

The study, carried out in Peninsular Malaysia in September-October last year, involved 503 Malays, 500 Chinese and 501 Indians.

Titled Attitudes and Ethnoreligious Integration: Meeting the Challenge and Maximizing the Promise of Multicultural Malaysia, it was done by Dr Ananthi Ramiah, Professor Miles Hewstone and Dr Ralf Wölfer.

The study, among other things, investigated the relationship between perceived discrimination and action tendencies such as the desire to emigrate and a willingness to engage in collective action.
Among the Chinese, the study found, that those who were more educated were more willing to participate in collective action than those who were less educated.

29 March 2017





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Jan 15

ㅎㅅㅎ 6v6 |Semi-Hiatus Retweeted Channel NewsAsia

Reason why I won’t regret renouncing my Malaysian citizenship… I’m gonna have to waste a day to do that…

ㅎㅅㅎ 6v6 |Semi-Hiatus added,

17 Oct 2016

Singapore gave out citizenship certificates to 200+ people recently. Among the recipients were Malaysians, Indians, Chinese (from China), Indonesians and a European.




From Negaraku to Majulah


5 August 2016

Getting a job in Singapore could be the first step towards gaining permanent residency there. Renouncing Malaysian citizenship and embracing Singapore citizenship is the end of a long process of many years and many Malaysians never get that far.

Exodus of Malaysian professionals to Singapore likely

August 4, 2016

Malaysian professionals are considering working in Singapore following the country’s move to increase wages starting next year.


PETALING JAYA: Malaysian professionals may soon be flocking to Singapore due to the island nation’s decision to increase wages starting next year, The Star reported Thursday.

Several local professionals told the daily they were considering the move as salaries for professionals there are expected to be bumped up by at least RM900, compounded by the drop in the value of the ringgit.

Accountant Amir Abdullah, 30, who currently draws about RM5,000 a month, is contemplating a move after receiving a job offer from a company there.

Another professional, a 32-year-old oil and gas engineer who only wanted to be identified as Tan, said the value of the ringgit to the Singapore dollar was a major reason why many Malaysians preferred working in Singapore.

He has been working there the past five years.

According to him, one has to have a degree or diploma from reputed universities, and also qualify for a Singapore employment pass (EP), to keep their jobs in Singapore.

Many of those holding EPs are bank officers, accountants, engineers, doctors and lawyers. From January, these professionals will take home a minimum of SGD3,600 (RM10,780), compared with the present SGD3,300 (RM9,880), said the report.

17 July 2016

Don’t vote with your feet, Kit Siang tells migrating Malaysians

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 — Many Malaysians have become disappointed and given up hope that democratic change in Malaysia is possible, preferring to leave the country instead as a sign of protest, Lim Kit Siang alleged today.

But the DAP parliamentary leader urged them to resist the temptation, saying a change in federal government is still possible in the next national polls that may be called as early as next year.

“Many Malaysians have become disappointed, disenchanted and given up hope that there is a possibility of democratic change in Malaysia, and have voted with their feet with a surge of migration in the past three years.

“The greatest challenge in Malaysia today is to ensure that Malaysians can hope again that change of Federal Government, which was within a whisker of achievement in the 13GE, is still possible and realizable in the 14th General Election even if it is held in July/August next year,” Lim said in a statement.

Lim, MP for Gelang Patah, claimed racism and communal politics have driven Malaysians out of the country, and left it divided with hatred.

He cited as example the recent remark made by Pahang mufti calling those who support DAP as “kafir harbi”, which Lim said went against the notion of nation-building as espoused by the 1957 Merdeka Constitution and the 1963 Malaysia Agreement.

He accused cybertroopers in Umno, the country’s biggest political party, of sowing hatred and division among Malaysians by splitting citizens into two groups using archaic terms: “kafir harbi” and “kafir zimmi”.

“Such irresponsible tactics reflect on their desperation and not on their confidence that they are the sure winners in the 14th General Election,” Lim said.

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15 March 2016

renounce my citizenship and move to Singapore.

Home Ministry: Almost 55,000 Malaysians renounced citizenship since 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 — A total of 54,406 Malaysians have renounced their citizenship from 2010 until January 31 this year, the Home Ministry has said.

“In this matter, the reason given for their surrender (of citizenship) is because they have chosen not to continue their Malaysian citizenship, and have obtained citizenship in another country,” Zahid Hamidi said.

The figures showed that in January this year alone, 1,102 people renounced their citizenship.

But 2011 recorded the highest number of cases, with 11,080 Malaysians renouncing their citizenship.

The lowest number of renouncement of citizenship during the period was in 2013 at 6,678 people.

The numbers increased to 7,843 and 8,076 in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
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Study: Almost 30 per cent of ‘super wealthy’ Malaysians considering migrating abroad


KUALA LUMPUR: Approximately 26 per cent of Malaysia’s existing ultra-high-net-worth-individuals (UHNWIs) are considering migrating in the next decade, in comparison to the regional average of 16 per cent, according to independent global property consultancy, Knight Frank.

“This is particularly interesting given that we do a study of the region, and Malaysia’s UHNWIs shows the highest propensity to find other domiciles,” said its Asia Pacific Head of Research, Nicholas Holt. Knight Frank Malaysia managing director, Sarkunan Subramaniam said that there multiple push and pull factors contributing to this.

“This desire to domicile elsewhere is not unique given that Malaysians are becoming more international. In fact 26 per cent versus the regional 16 per cent is not that significant, when you look at the grander scope of things.”

The firm had earlier shared that Malaysia’s UHNWIs, which is defined as those who have US$30 million of investable assets, excluding their current residential, had been impacted hard by the challenging economic climate brought upon by the fall in global oil price and ringgit devaluation.

“Malaysia has a 1,168 of UHNWIs in 2014, but that number dropped to 993 by end of 2015,” said Holt.


23 February 2016

EPF gives its figures.

23pc more Malaysians quitting country, EPF says

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Nearly a quarter more Malaysians or 23 per cent withdrew from their principal retirement pension account last year, indicating a rise in the number emigrating, Malaysia’s largest worker pension fund said today.

Employees Provident Fund (EPF) chief executive Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said the figure was based on a comparison of withdrawals from Account I in 2015 and the preceding year, news portal Malaysiakini reported.

“For 2014, there were 1,787 withdrawals for leaving the country, involving RM99 million in principal.

“In 2015, there was an increase to 2,206 people involving RM134.6 million,” he was quoted saying in a media briefing at the EPF headquarters here.

Money from the EPF’s Account I is usually locked and withdrawals can only be made when the account owner reaches age 55, dies or otherwise becomes incapacitated, or emigrates.

Shahril Ridza however played down the uptake in withdrawals as “nothing particularly drastic” even as he conceded there was a slight increase.

Over two million Malaysians are estimated to have emigrated since independence in 1957.

A World Bank report in 2011 noted the number of skilled Malaysians living abroad rose 300 per cent in the last two decades, with two out of every 10 Malaysians with tertiary education opting to leave for member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), or neighbouring Singapore.

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13 February 2016

In 2014, a total of 3,098 Malaysians renounced their citizenship and left the country, withdrawing RM303 million from the retirement scheme fund.

This figure is a startling 63% increase from 2010, where only RM185 million was withdrawn by those leaving the country, according to statistics obtained from the EPF website.

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Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today reminded Malaysian citizens residing abroad not to fall for any citizenship offer made by the certain companies or even the opposition parties.

“Those who renounce their citizenship will not be forgiven, unless stated in the Regulation 16A, Immigration Regulations 1963.

“So, don’t simply renounce your citizenship, don’t hate the country, don’t leave it with hatred and simply take the first citizenship offer found,” he told reporters after opening the ‘Jom Sihat’ programme organised by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) here today.

Read more: Zahid reminds Malaysians abroad not to fall for citizenship scam – Latest – New Straits Times

7,828 individuals who won’t be spending CNY as M’sians

Ong Kian Ming

My findings were surprising and saddening. Firstly, I found that 7,828 individuals who had lost their eligibility to vote because they were no longer citizens. These individuals were removed from the electoral roll in 2014 and 2015.

As a comparison, the Returning Expert’s Program (REP) under Talentcorp managed to attract 3,600 Malaysians to return home over the past four years.

This figure understates the number of Malaysians who have given up their citizenship over the past two years. It does not include those who have given up their citizenship but were never registered on the electoral roll.

Strictly enforced requirement

This list of names are almost certainly Malaysians who have given up their citizenship for Singapore citizenship because of the strictly enforced requirement that Malaysians who take up the Singapore citizenship needs to officially give up their Malaysian citizenship within a stipulated time.

Given the country of destination, it is not surprisingly that a majority of the 7,828 individuals are Chinese (96.7 percent). The rest were Indians (2.7 percent), Malays (0.4 percent) and others (0.2 percent). The largest number of ex-Malaysians come from Johor (36.6 percent), followed by Perak (19.5 percent), Selangor (9.4 percent), WP Kuala Lumpur (6.7 percent), Melaka (5.6 percent), Penang (5.4 percent) and N. Sembilan (5.3 percent). (See Table 1).


A majority of them also fall into the 30 to 50 age group (80.5 percent) which means that they are in the most productive years of their working life. (See Table 2)


Fifty-six percent of these ex-Malaysians are women while 44 percent are men. Without additional information, it is hard to gauge the reasons behind this gender difference, for example the nature of their qualifications and jobs, whether they gave up their citizenship because of marriage reasons and so on.

The Malaysian Diaspora is mainly of the Chinese. It is also known as the Brain Drain.

No one knows how many Malaysians hold Permanent Residency in other countries while retaining their Malaysian citizenship.

22 November 2012


81,950 M’sians gave up citizenships through past 20 years

Posted on 22 November 2012 – 04:53pm
Last updated on 22 November 2012 – 08:01pm

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 22, 2012): The Dewan Rakyat was told that a total of 81,950 Malaysians had relinquished their citizenship through the past 20 years from 1992 up to August this year.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, however, did not say which country the former Malaysians had migrated to.

Hishamuddin gave the figure when replying to a question by Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

Karpal wanted to know how many Malaysians had relinquished their citizensip in the past 20 years. – Bernama

81,950 M’sians gave up citizenships through past 20 years

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1 Response to Renouncing Malaysian citizenship

  1. swan says:

    The question is despite how many left… many illegal came in were offered citizenship…? As a start up point……. That could very much be one of the main reasons why ppl leave there after could be safety… Political stability…. Racial stability…. Etc…….

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