Japan-born man regains S'pore citizenship

SINGAPORE - A Japan-born man successfully renewed his Singapore citizenship after he lost it for not taking an oath of allegiance before turning 22.

Ryuju Ogawa, who served his national service from 2007 to 2009, found out that he was no longer a Singapore citizen when he could not get his passport renewed for a holiday trip.

The Straits Times reported that he had to recite the national pledge before the Commissioner of Oaths at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority headquarters before his citizenship could be reinstated.

Ogawa will get his identity card next week.

In Singapore, new young citizens are required by law to complete the Oath of Renunciation, Allegiance and Loyalty before they turn 22.

The Straits Times reported ICA as saying that Ogawa had been reminded numerous times to take the oath.

However, Ogawa said he did not receive any written reminders and did not know he had to take the oath. Appeals by Members of Parliaments Lee Boon Yang and Heng Chee How to ICA were also not successful.

Ogawa later submitted an application for citizenship to ICA, which was not processed because he did not pay the required $100 administration fee.

He eventually paid the $100 fee and was granted the application.