KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 — Permanent residents over the age of 60 who have applied for citizenships will be granted this soon, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.
The prime minister said the decision was reached following a meeting yesterday with representatives of the Indian community including Pakatan Harapan MPs and senators.
However, he did not provide a timeframe for when the citizenships will be approved.
“They will be regarded as citizens,” he told reporters in a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.
The prime minister noted that Pakatan Harapan pledged in its election manifesto to help secure citizenships for 3,407 Indians over 60 years old who possess the red MyKads.
He said that while the 100-day pledge was limited to the Indian communities, the decision was made to apply it across the board.
Dr. Mahathir added that citizenship applications will also be relaxed for applicants under 60 and with at least one Malaysian parent.
“But the child must be born in Malaysia,” he said.