KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — The High Court had on September 9 made a historic decision to recognise that Malaysian women should have the same right as Malaysian men, under the Federal Constitution, to pass on citizenship automatically to their children born overseas.

So why did the judge make this decision? And what does it mean for children born abroad to Malaysian women who are married to non-Malaysian men?

Here’s a summary by Malay Mail, based on the High Court’s written judgment and other court documents: