KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department today clarified that it had never issued any circular preventing children without citizenship from being enrolled in schools.
"All such children (those without citizenship documents) are allowed to register for school when the documentation required by the Education Ministry is completed," said the department's director general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali in a statement.
"I stress again that the Immigration Department has never issued any circular to stop children without citizenship from attending school."
Mustafar was responding to a report on Jan 9 about a seven-year old girl in Seremban, who was stopped from attending school after clearing registration with the Education Ministry.
An English daily reported that the girl's adoptive parents were believed to have been told by the Immigration Department that she required a passport in order to be enrolled at the school.