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asked on Sep 25, 2009 at 18:57
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Friday September 25, 2009

Non-bankrupt debtors can be barred going overseas!

VIPs blacklisted for not paying study loans

PETALING JAYA: They are known as Yang Berhormat and Yang Berbahagia (YBs) but now some of them have earned the not-so-pleasant status of Yang Berhutang (debtor).

These YBs (the prefix used for elected representatives and those who carry honorary titles like Datuk) are not the only public figures on the list of National Higher Education Fund Corporation loan defaulters.

Professionals and celebrities are also among the 26,000-odd people who owe a whopping RM400mil.

The corporation's chief executive, Yunos Abd Ghani, said the defaulters included those who studied medicine, law and business.

He said the corporation had to resort to barring the defaulters from leaving the country because they had been ignoring repeated reminders to repay their loans for more than five years.

Of the 26,627 names submitted to the Immigration Department since the corporation started recommending the travel restriction in August last year, 4% or 1,018 had settled their loans amounting to more than RM20mil, he said.

"This (overseas travel ban) has been an effective method as they have no other alternative but to settle what they owe," he told The Star.

"We don't apply double standards in implementing the action," he said, adding that borrowers could check if they were barred from travelling overseas via the corporation and Immigration Department websites.

When asked what excuses the borrowers gave for not settling their debts on completion of their studies, Yunos said they often claimed they did not receive the corporation's notices.

"Change of address is a favourite excuse despite their legal obligation to update their latest addresses with the corporation," he said.

Yunos said barring defaulters from going overseas was a last resort.

Since the corporation began operations in 1997, he said it had disbursed RM18bil in loans.

In general, Yunos said that 76% of borrowers start repaying their loans as soon as they finished their studies.
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answered on Sep 28, 2009 at 21:48
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Published: Monday September 28, 2009 MYT 1:39:00 PM

MAS employees want review of travel ban on tax, loan defaulters

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Airlines System Employees' Union (MASEU) wants the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) and the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) to review the travel ban on income tax and study loan defaulters.

MASEU executive secretary Mustafar Maarof said the travel ban had serious implications and confusion among its workers who travelled abroad regularly on job assignments.

"For example, almost 100 percent of our cabin crew are involved in travelling abroad during their course of duty."

"If they are barred from travelling overseas, they might end up losing their job."

"These workers earn monthly wages like other workers and barring them will have a serious impact on their job," said Mustafar in a statement Monday.

According to MASEU, even though some had settled their outstanding loans or had started repayments they were still barred from travelling abroad.

"The IRB must set a clear guideline as to the maximum and minimum amount that needs to be settled before they are allowed to travel while the PTPTN must come out with a new mechanism for the collection of study loans.

"There should also be a counter at the immigration to handle such cases," said MASEU. - Bernama
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answered on May 12, 2011 at 00:12
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500,000 on Immigration Dept's blacklist

May 11, 2011

PUTRAJAYA: Some 500,000 Malaysians and foreigners are on the Immigration Department's blacklist, based on its latest records.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong said of those blacklisted, 60% were foreigners and the rest Malaysians.

"The foreigners, mostly from Southeast Asia and other Asian countries, are on the blacklist because of suspected criminal activities or are on Interpol's blacklist," he told reporters here Wednesday.

Besides this, they also included illegal immigrants who had been deported from the country, he said.

As for Malaysians, he said most were on the blacklist for not having paid their National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) or Mara education loans.

"Those on the police wanted list, failed to pay income tax or have been declared bankrupt are also on the list," he said. - Bernama
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answered on Nov 21, 2016 at 22:30
edited Nov 21, 2016 at 22:35
Malaysians in 'Suspected List' can't go overseas, causing long queues at KLIA
By ALIZA SHAH - 7 November 2016 @ 11:00 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Travellers’ failure to check their status before leaving the country is adding strain to the overburdened check-in system at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

The Immigration Department, in explaining the recent delays at the country’s main gateway, said those who were unaware that they had been blacklisted were significantly contributing to the long queue at the Immigration eGate counters.

Director-General Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the department had been approached by a growing number of agencies, including the Malaysia Insolvency Department, National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) and Inland Revenue Board (IRB), to stop those with unsettled payments from leaving the country.

“The names of these individuals will be placed in the Suspected List (SL), which is growing every year.

“Our eGate system will go through the database and those whose names are in the SL will be denied boarding. The eGate system will not provide details on why they cannot leave the country.

“Instead, they will be directed to the manned counters and given the contact numbers of related agencies to resolve their problem,” he told the New Straits Times.

This newspaper recently joined Mustafar in one of his many “visits” to the airport.

He said those blacklisted would normally end up missing their flights if they failed to resolve their problem.

This, he said, were among the reasons why the department wanted the related agencies to establish a helpdesk at the airport to deal with blacklisted travellers.

In order to expedite the check-in process, Mustafar said the Immigration Department, following discussions with vendors, was considering to install a set of “screening” devices for travellers to check their status before going through the eGates.

The devices, which are currently being tested, would stop those being blacklisted from proceeding and causing a backlog. Alternatively, the public can also check their travel status on the Immigration Department’s website.


On another note, Mustafar said the public’s failure to properly position the new passport onto the eGate scanner had led to multiple system failures.

The security chip in new passports is embedded in front, as opposed to the old version, where it was on the back page.

“Previously, they could place their passports backwards and the system could still read them. But now, they have to open their books and place them properly onto the scanner.

“Most of them do not comply with the new requirements. They do not open their passports and, as a result, the system cannot read their particulars in the chip.”

The new International Civil Aviation Organisation-standard passports come with enhanced security features. Details, including the photo of the passport holder, would be imprinted on the page using laser technology. This, among others, is a measure to prevent forgery.

Immigration security and passport division director Datuk Mohd Zulfikar Ahmad said the department would fit the eGate system with a “passport casing” to minimise contact with the eGate reader’s surface, which is highly sensitive.

  “The reader’s surface is very sensitive, so it is better not to touch the passport after placing it on the eGate, or it will be difficult for the system to read the chip.

“We will put a casing there where the public can slip in their passports and wait for it to be read without repositioning the book.”

Zulfikar said despite media reports of the public outcry over “faulty” new passports, no complainants had come forward to have their passports checked.

“So far, we’ve received only comments, none had come forward to have their passports checked.

“They need to check their passports as soon as possible and we will replace them for free if they are indeed faulty,” he said, adding that more than 1.1 million of the new passports had been issued since May.


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answered on Nov 21, 2016 at 22:32
Monday, 21 November 2016 | MYT 11:31 AM

AG Report: 128,165 tax defaulters barred from leaving country

PETALING JAYA: A total of 128,165 individuals have been barred from leaving the country as of June 2016 for failing to settle their taxes.

According to the 2015 Auditor General Report (Series 2), the Director General of Inland Revenue has issued a total of 128,165 restrictions on travel abroad certificates as of June 2016 "with tax arrears involved amounting to RM3.4bil".

Before they can apply for the travel restrictions to be lifted, tax defaulters must settle fully the amount of taxes owed.

Tax evaders who fail to settle the full amount, can still apply for a provisional or temporary release that allows the individual "an approved limited release period".

Under Section 104 of the Income Tax Act 1967 and Section 22 of the Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976, individual or company directors would be barred from leaving the country if they failed to settle their taxes.

The report also recommended updating the process of blacklisted tax defaulters from travelling abroad and improving the Inland Revenue Board's system in order to enable checking and monitoring of all taxpayers who have been barred from leaving the country.

It also said that the enforcement on temporary release processes and civil suits should be implemented consistently in accordance with the regulations while assertive action should be taken against employers who failed to settle tax arrears of their workers upon leaving Malaysia.

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answered on Nov 30, 2016 at 17:04
edited Dec 19, 2016 at 09:26
Bangladesh turns back Rohingya fleeing Myanmar

AFP November 28, 2016

Multiple boats packed with Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar were turned back by Bangladesh border guards Monday, despite appeals by the country's opposition to provide shelter to the persecuted Muslim minority.

Thousands of desperate Rohingya from Myanmar's western Rakhine state have flooded over the border into Bangladesh in the last week, bringing with them horrifying claims of gang rape, torture and murder at the hands of Myanmar's security forces.

Eight boats attempting to cross the Naf River separating Rakhine from southern Bangladesh were pushed back on Monday after six were refused entry on Sunday, head of the board guards in the Bangladeshi frontier town of Teknaf, Colonel Abuzar Al Zahid, told AFP.

"There were 12 to 13 Rohingya in each of the boats," Zahid said.

Dhaka says thousands more are massed on the border, but has refused urgent international appeals to let them in, instead calling on Myanmar to do more to stop people fleeing.

In the past two weeks, Bangladeshi border guards have prevented more than 1,000 Rohingya, including many women and children, from entering the country by boat, officials told AFP.

Bangladesh's main opposition leader Khaleda Zia late Sunday joined a growing chorus of political parties and hardline Islamist groups in the Muslim majority country calling for the Rohingya to be given shelter.

At least 30,000 have been internally displaced in Rakhine and many have tried to reach Bangladesh over the last month despite heightened border patrols, and sought refugee amongst the Rohingya refugee population that already live on the Bangladesh side.

Samira Akhter told AFP by phone that she reached an unofficial refugee camp in Bangladesh on Monday, after fleeing her village in Rakhine state with her three children and 49 others.

"The military killed my husband and torched our home. I fled to a hill along with my three children and neighbours. We hid there for a week," said Akhter, 27.

Dudu Mia, a Rohingya leader in the camp, said at least 1,338 had arrived in the community since mid October.

Violence in Rakhine -- home to the stateless ethnic group loathed by many of Myanmar's Buddhist majority -- has surged in the last month after security forces poured into the area following a series of attacks on police posts blamed on local militants.

A UN official said last week Myanmar is engaged in "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims, as reports emerged of troops shooting at villagers as they tried to flee.

But Myanmar's new civilian government, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, has rejected the allegations.

Can this action an Infringement of International Immigration Laws?
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answered on Nov 30, 2016 at 17:44

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The Blangladeshi are Sunni Muslims
The Rohingyas are Sunni Muslims
Malaysians are Sunni Muslims


Can we use Syariah Laws to help these displaced Rohingyas?
They are urgently in need of help of any kind from caring Malaysians.
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answered on Feb 25, 2017 at 21:27
KLIA kiosks soon for Malaysians to check if they’re barred from travelling

Saturday, 25 February 2017

SEPANG: Kiosks will be set up at KLIA and KLIA2 for people leaving the country to check if they have been barred from travelling.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the kiosks, to be rolled out by April, were being introduced to manage the queues at the airports and improve the overall travel experience.

“Whenever a person is stopped at our immigration counter because of issues with their National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan or income tax, the queue is held up and a congestion occurs.

“We are trying to eliminate this,” he said at a press conference at KLIA.

Mustafar said officers from the agencies that issue travel bans – PTPTN, the Inland Revenue Board and the Employees Provident Fund – would also be stationed at the airports.

With these kiosks, those blacklisted can settle their outstanding issues, such as making their PTPTN loan payment, and have the ban lifted on the spot,” Mustafar said.

He added that this was only one of a few measures taken to manage airport queues.

The Immigration Department is having meetings with relevant agencies such as Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd and the Airlines Operating Committee to discuss better ways to enhance its services, including increasing the number of immigration officers, opening all counters and installing more automated gates.

The department is also talking to passport chip makers to improve the efficiency of the automated gates, Mustafar added.

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answered on Mar 2, 2017 at 18:33
Police confirm case involving man in work permit scam

2 March 2017

PETALING JAYA: Police have confirmed that investigations have begun involving an individual who is alleged to have scammed a restaurant owner to obtain work permits for his employees.

Dang Wangi district police chief Mohd. Sukri Kaman told theSun the investigation follows after Pang Yee Wah lodged a police report on Feb 24 that a man, claiming to be with the Malaysian Human Resources Organisation (PSTKM), had promised that the workers will be "protected" from the authorities with the documents.

Pang, who owns a restaurant along Jalan Padang Walter Grenier in Kuala Lumpur, said he had approached a friend for help after finding it difficult to obtain work permits from the Human Resources Ministry.

“I got a headache to obtain permits for the past three years. I approached my friend, who is a lawyer, for help. The lawyer then introduced the man to me. I paid the man RM34,000 to obtain the work permit for 17 workers," Pang told theSun.

Pang said that despite all this, some of his workers were arrested by immigration officers on Feb 17.

“There were 15 who were arrested. Nine of them are my workers, while the remaining six were only renting rooms here. I had to pay about RM100,000 for the compound for their release,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Pang said he obtained E-cards for the remaining eight who were not arrested.

“He (the alleged scammer) still answers my calls but told me that there will be a representative from the organisation who will assist me,” he said.

He was told that when one is a PSTKM member, the organisation will guarantee that among others that the employee can work and stay in Malaysia after applying for the card as the immigration and police recognises the card, and no arrest can be made when possessing it

Meanwhile, PSTKM confirmed that they have no knowledge of the individual nor is he listed with them.

PSTKM secretary-general S. Ganesan said the organisation, which initially was based in Damansara Utama, has remained inactive for some time and “unofficially dissolved because there has not been any annual general meetings conducted”.

“I do not know and have never met the person. There are only seven people in the AJK (committee). There is no office now.

“However, I know that some individuals have used the organisation’s name in the past for their own gain,” he said when asked if the individual was a PSTKM member.

He said that PSTKM, which stands for Pertubuhan Sumber Tenaga Kerja Malaysia, was initially formed to assist employers facing problems with foreign workers.

“However, the direction of the organisation has changed, which is why there are no members,” he said.

A check by theSun with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) shows PSTKM is listed with a handphone number.

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answered on Jul 18, 2017 at 21:03
Coming Soon, an i-kad for foreign students

17 July 2017

PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department is in the process of gazetting i-kad, to be used by foreign students registered with higher education institutions in the country as valid identification document.

In a statement today, the department’s director general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said foreign students registered with the Higher Education Ministry would be able to use the identification in accordance with Immigration Act 1959/63 and Immigration Regulation 1963.

"With the gazettement, foreign students will be able to use the i-kad as an identification, but it will not substitute the use passport as an ultimate identification document," he explained.

He adds that the Home Ministry urged all enforcement agencies to accept the use of the i-kad for foreign students as replacement to passports.

"The department is in the final stages of finalising the format of i-kad to absorbed to be part of Immigration Regulations (2017 Amendments) draft," he added.

Mustafar said the i-kad for foreign students will be introduced in a new format with enhanced safety features to avoid forgery and abuse.

"The new i-kad will be equipped with a new version of biotmetric chip. Also a permanent identification number will be given to the foreign students to be recognised by all enforcement agencies," he added.

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answered on Aug 15, 2017 at 20:13
Foreigners can work till 60; 15 years

August 15, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The age limit of foreign workers eligible for employment in all sectors in the State has been raised to 60 provided they have no health problems and meet other existing requirements.

"The authorities have also agreed to extend the service period for foreign workers from a maximum of 10 (using the 5+ 5 concept) to 15 years (using the 5+5+5 concept).

"This new ruling also depends on the foreign workers abiding by other existing requirements, especially passing their health checks," said State Immigration Director Musa bin Sulaiman (pic). The amendments are effective immediately.

At the same time, the Rehiring Sabah 2017 programme will not be continued when the deadline ends today (August 15).

"The programme had been carried out for six months since Feb 16 by Inti Padu Technology Sdn Bhd.
"I, therefore, urge those employers who have yet to register to do so as there is still time until tomorrow.

After this we will consider taking stern action against those employers found to be still harbouring and engaging foreign workers with valid permits.

"For now, there is no directive to extend the rehiring programme," said Musa, adding that any such directive would have to come from the state government as immigration issues were the state's prerogative.

He said that firm action would be taken against employers who hire or harbour illegal workers in plantations or other places of work.

"They have been given six months to register and if they did not do it by Tuesday, they will have to answer to the law," he added.

It is understood that the company charges about RM1,200 to register each worker, which does not include levies and other immigration charges.

He said as of August 11 there were 1,088 workers who have been registered statewide under the programme.

He said the targeted registration was about 50,000. So the number of actual registration was about only two per cent.

"The largest number of registrations was in Lahad Datu in the plantations sector.
Musa said they will also look into the reason why the response was poor towards the programme.
"Perhaps the employers are not following (or participating in) it or perhaps the category of workers offered under the programme are not available in the State. We will look into the matter especially with the employers."

Meanwhile, he also said that 60 companies and employers were hauled up for hiring illegal foreign workers up to July 31, this year. Of 23,563 who were checked in 793 statewide, 2,738 were arrested.
Filipinos made up the highest number of illegal immigrants with 1,928, followed by Indonesia (725), Pakistan (64) and the remaining 24 coming from India, China, Vietnam and Thailand and others. - Neil Chan

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