KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 57,191 people holding Malaysian permanent resident (MyPR) status were awarded Malaysian citizenship between 2008 and Sept this year, Parliament was told today.
According to the National Registration Department, people from Indonesia comprised the largest number of new citizens at 24,005, followed by Indians at 12,097 and Chinese at 7,242.
A total of 13,847 people were from other countries, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman said.
He was speaking in response to an oral question from Noor Amin Ahmad (PH-Kangar) on the number of foreign nationals given Malaysian citizenship over the past 10 years.
Mohd Azis added that since Pakatan Harapan took over the federal government in May, 1,244 MyPR holders were granted Malaysian citizenship.