by Ganesh Sahathevan
Penelope Wong Ying Yen, aka Senator Penny Wong, was born in Kota Kinabalu ,State Of Sabah, Federation of Malaysia. Her father Francis Wong is a Malaysian citizen,which makes Wong a Malaysian citizen by birth.
While she moved to Australia in 1976,that would not have caused the loss of her Malaysian citizenship.
Many Malaysians who later in life took up citizenship of other countries assumed that by doing so Malaysian citizenship was lost automatically, but this is not the case.
There is ,provided for in the Malaysian Constitution and arising laws a process which requires citizens who wish to renounce their citizenship to make a formal application to do so.It is up to the Malaysian Government to determine if the application should be accepted.
If the Government determines that the application is to be accepted, then the applicant is issued a formal notice of that fact,with a copy of his or her Malaysian birth certificate marked with words in Malay and/or English ,"No longer a citizen of Malaysia (paraphrase)".
None of this has ever been provided the public in the case of Penny Wong. Indeed the question has never been put. We are simply expected to accept that Wong is not a citizen of Malaysia, despite the facts.