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British Nationality could be obtained through your birth, or through the birth of any one of your parents or grandparents, in Malaysia. This arises because of Britain's relationship with Malaysia and Britain's Colonial history.

To determine what form of British Nationality you might have, an analysis of your family's history must be done, and then applying it to the Nationality laws of Malaysia that were passed over the years.

NOTE: Modern-day Malaysia is made up of several areas, all of which fell under the influence and control of the British before Independence. Almost 1.3 million Malaysians had claims to (a form of) British Nationality AFTER Independence due to inconsistencies and anomalies in UK Nationality legislation and the Constitution of Malaysia. It is critical to note the place and date of birth of BOTH parents and ALL four grandparents.

STATUS OF MALAYSIA

NORTH BORNEO AND LABUAN

From 1888 until 14.07.1946, North Borneo was a British Protected State (including Labuan between 1890 to 1905). From 15.07.1946 until 31.12.1948, North Borneo (including Labuan) came within the Crown’s Dominions. From 01.01.1949 until 15.09.1963, the area fell within the UK and Colonies.

Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protected State).

MALAY STATES

Up until 31.03.1946, the Malay States were a British Protected State. From 01.04.1946 until 31.01.1948, they fell part of the Malay Union but was still a Protected State. Between 01.02.1948 until 30.08.1957, it was part of the Federation of Malaya (but still treated as a British Protected State).

Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protected State).

PENANG AND MALACCA

From 02.09.1858 to 31.03.1946, Penang and Malacca fell within the Crown’s Dominions. Between 01.04.1946 and 31.01.1948, they were part of the Malayan Union but still within the Crown’s Dominions. Between 01.02.1948 and 31.12.1948, they were part of the Federation of Malaya but still within the Crown’s Dominions.  From 01.01.1949 until 30.08.1957, it fell within the UK and Colonies as the Federation of Malaya.

Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

SINGAPORE

From 1858 until 31.03.1946, Singapore fell within the Crown’s Dominions. Between 01.04.1946 and 31.12.1948, it fell within the Crown’s Dominions as the Colony of Singapore. From 01.01.1949 until 02.06.1959, it was within the UK and Colonies. From 03.06.1959, Singapore was an independent Commonwealth country (including the period of 16.09.1963 to 09.08.1965 when it formed part of the Federation of Malaya.

Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

SARAWAK

Between 1888 and 30.06.1946, Sarawak was a British Protected State. From 01.07.1946 until 31.12.1948, it fell within the Crown’s Dominions. Between 01.01.1949 and 15.09.1963, Sarawak fell within the UK and Colonies.

Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protected State).

Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

MALAYSIA

The constituent parts of Malaysia are North Borneo (and Labuan),  the Malay States, Penang and Malacca, Singapore (at various times) and Sarawak. From 16.09.1963 until the present day, it is an independent Commonwealth country.

Malaysians aged between 18-30 qualify for a Working Holiday Visa for AustraliaCanada and New Zealand.



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