A question for all you legal minds out there...
I want to renounce my Singapore citizenship and according to the San Francisco embassy (http://www.mfa.gov.sg/sanfrancisco/SGrenounce.htm
), there is a need to provide a lot of information as part of the process. Aside from my concern about privacy (or lack thereof) and my basic "NoneOfYourBusiness" attitude towards some of the questions asked, I am also quite put off by them asking for US$22 to process my applicaiton. It is not a large sum, but for some reason, it seems to rub me the wrong way. What benefits am I applying for that justifies the payment?
On the other hand, according to Article 134 and 135 of the Singapore Constitution, the mere act of naturalization and/or the application/use of a foreign passport, or exercising foreign rights reserved for nationals of the foreign country (e.g. voting), that the Singapore Government will deprive a Singapore citizen of citizenship.
I have read other messages about folks using/keeping both passports and I am not interested in that. My question is: wouldn't the constitutionally mandated deprivation of citizenship over-ride the procedures for renuncification? Although the process for renuncification is addressed in the constitution, it is but a process.
Basically, it would seem that it be preferable (in my view) for the authorities deprive me of the Singapore citizenship than to go through an intrusive renuncification process......oh, and to pay them for it too.
As a side, I do meet the renuncification requirements having discharged my national service liability. So there is no basis within the Constitution that would prevent the loss of Citizenship either through renuncification or through deprivation. The only thing I can see as an argument is that a citizen is to "voluntarily renounce" upon acquiring a foreign citizenship, and the failure to do so could lead to the assumption that the person shows intent to retain both citizenships, which is currently illegal. And as such, the government could cause barriers for even social visits. However, my contention is that if I voluntarily provide the evidence that I should be deprived of Singapore citizenship, then the burden of proof that I have that intent to illegaly retain Singapore citizenship will rest on the authorities, but hey, who am I kidding. I'm not going to go into a rigged judicial "boxing ring!"
US Citizen (who has also applied/used a US passport, voted, naturalized, and I have jury duty coming up in two months... that should be grounds enough for deprivation).