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Home Ministry did not give 700,000 foreigners citizenship, allegations false

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry has denied allegations that 700,000 foreigners in Johor have been given identity cards (ICs).

Its secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said the granting of citizenship is the highest award by the government.

“It is the Federal government’s exclusive rights which is not offered and will not be simply given.

“It is not true that the government will distribute ICs to 700,000 foreigners so that they can vote in the next general election.

“Every citizenship application requires a detailed study as provided under Part 3 of the Federal Constitution as citizenship will enable one to enjoy the privileges and rights which was previously only enjoyed by a citizen,” he said in a statement.

Alwi said the ministry is committed in ensuring the awarding of citizenship is in order and complies with the legislation to safeguard security, harmony, unity and public order in the country.

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had claimed that 700,000 foreigners would be given citizenship in Johor so that they can vote in the next general election.-nst

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