I'm looking to get a birth certificate of a family member who was (according to another relative who seemed not entirely certain) born in Malacca in the 1930s and died in Kuala Lumpur in the 1970s.
At the time of his birth, Malacca would have been part of the Crown Colony of the Straits Settlements.
What's the appropriate authority to approach regarding obtaining a birth certificate? At first glance it looks like the JPN/NRD (National Registration Department) but I know that in some countries historical birth records are handled differently after a certain point, and that in this case the birth would have been handled by the colonial-era British administration.
With regards to his nationality - post-1963, I'm almost certain he would be a Malaysian citizen, but at the time of his birth I'm uncertain whether he was a British subject, British protected person or a subject of another power. I'm also not sure about the citizenship of his parents, who may have been migrants from China.
(An additional complication here is that the relative in question was adopted and I'm not sure of exact details of his name as registered at birth, but I'll figure that out when I get to it...)