18 Jan '12, 2am

Hong Kong-born teen trying to give up Singapore citizenship

The father of a Hong Kong-born teen is seeking a judicial review after the boy's bid to renounce his Singapore citizenship was turned down. The 16-year-old - a Singapore citizen since 1996 - has been told to complete his national service and then apply again to renounce his citizenship within a year of his 21st birthday. All citizens are required to undergo national service on reaching 18, unless they are granted a deferral. This now appears to have emerged as a test case on whether a minor who is a citizen by registration has the right to renounce his nationality. At issue is whether the Singapore Constitution was correctly interpreted when the boy's bid to renounce his citizenship was turned down, according to court papers filed by his father, Mr Cheung Sin Wai.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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