Thursday, September 23, 2021

Bar EGM to discuss use of ‘illegitimate’ for child out of wedlock

Bar EGM to discuss use of ‘illegitimate’ for child out of wedlock

The Malaysian Bar’s motion states that the term ‘illegitimate’ is now avoided universally as it can affect a child’s well-being, emotionally and psychologically.

PETALING JAYA: A motion urging the government to officially remove the word “illegitimate” from documents of children born out of wedlock is among those up for discussion at the Malaysian Bar’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM) this Saturday.

The motion, filed by Charles Hector, says such a term has been avoided universally as it can affect a child’s development and well-being, emotionally and psychologically.

“Children should not be discriminated against on the basis of whether they were born within a legally-registered marriage or otherwise.

“The children are blameless and as such, should not be suffering the consequence of how they came into being by the actions of their biological parents and the law”, read the motion sighted by FMT.

It is titled “Motion to Protect the Rights of the Child and Abolish Gender Discrimination in Malaysian Laws”.

The motion states that the term “illegitimate” child is also derogatory and the use of such description for a child born out of wedlock should cease.

It added that whether the parents of the child were married or not at the time of conception or at birth, it does not change the fact on who is the biological father and mother of the child.

“All rights and entitlements of these children ought to be recognised and defended, whether it was outside of a marriage or a relationship which was consensual or otherwise.

“As such, in the best interests of these children, their rights must be recognised and protected, including the right to acquire citizenship, education, healthcare, welfare and other rights,” it said.

The motion also touched on the issue of Malaysian mothers not having their children born overseas recognised as citizens if the father was a foreigner.

“Malaysia must stop the practice of discrimination based on gender and amend the Federal Constitution and other relevant laws to ensure that the mother has equal rights as the father, especially when it comes to a child’s entitlement to citizenship.

“A child of a Malaysian father or mother, irrespective of whether they are married legally or otherwise, must be acknowledged as the parents.

“And the child shall be entitled to Malaysian citizenship as long as any one biological parent is a Malaysian citizen,” it said.


  1. Yes I sapot the logik that babies are innocent and cannot be penalised for the actions of their parents or the law. Their rights must be protected. For this reason abortion must be made illegal, unless it is dangerous to the mama's health.

    But 5000 yo Bullyland had this One Child Policy, more than 300 million abortions were mandated, because Bullyland made the law so. 300 million voiceless babies murdered. But then again Bullyland has the highest Execution Rate for Death Penalties, so no surprise there.

    1. U want to talk about population control of China?

      What's yr better insights, besides those f*cked & fraudulent 300 million voiceless babies murdered?


      Blurred mfer, have u ever tally up the total number of abortions done all-over the world, outside China, for whatsoever reasons?

      Just USofA alone that figure runs into millions per year!

      Those 'murdered' baby weren't no voiceless!

      Or u want to play a twisted pro life pro choice debate that those Chinese abortions were forced?

      Not sure if yr lie of China having the highest Execution Rate for Death Penalties stand up. But one thing for sure is the number of death in yankeeland, caused by fire arms - legally &/or illegally - is the highest in the world.

      At least those criminals in China died for their crimes while that many innocent Yankee died for no apparent reasons!