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asked on Sep 25, 2009 at 18:57
by   Karen Chapman
edited on Nov 21, 2016 at 20:01
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 Dec 15, 2017 at 17:03
by   Malaysian
Five more nabbed in Bangladeshi smuggling probe

15 Dec 2017

PUTRAJAYA: Five more people, including two Immigration Department personnel, have been arrested in connection with the smuggling of Bangladeshi nationals at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said the arrests were made on Thursday (Dec 14).

“We will not tolerate this violation of law as it involves national security. Anyone who breaches this, be it government officers or civilians, will be severely dealt with,” he told reporters on Friday after chairing a meeting of the committee on foreign workers and illegal immigrants.

Seven people have been arrested to date in the probe.

The syndicate was reportedly charging between RM15,000 and RM20,000 to smuggle individuals through the airport.

The amount allegedly included "coffee money" for certain enforcement personnel at the airport.

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answered on Dec 16, 2017 at 02:03
by   Nation
edited Dec 16, 2017 at 02:04
Zahid: Save 90%, hire maids online

15 Dec 2017

PUTRAJAYA: Employers can save more than 90% of the cost by recruiting foreign maids online from Jan 1, 2018, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Deputy Prime Minister said usually, employers had to pay up to RM18,000, but now, they only have to pay RM1,635 to the Government through the Malaysian Immigration Department.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the amount was the cost of hiring a maid and did not include costs of flight and passport.

“The Government has taken  measures including reducing the collateral to RM500 from RM1,000, and processing free to RM250 from RM500.

“This means the Government takes proactive measures to reduce the cost of hiring a foreign maid via direct online hiring,” he said after chairing a Cabinet committee meeting on foreign workers and illegals here Friday (Dec 15).

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, when tabling Budget 2018, announced that the Government was giving employers a choice to recruit foreign maids directly from nine source countries without going through agents.

At the meeting, Dr Ahmad Zahid described a detailed method involving the hiring of foreign maids only from Indonesia and the Philippines following constraints and legislation of the two countries.

"As such, employers are not allowed to take foreign maids directly but need to go through companies registered with the Ministry of Manpower or Labour in the country concerned.

"We have to comply with the laws of Indonesia and the Philippines and hope employers will apply through the companies and obtain the names of potential maids for online submissions," he said.

However, he said employers could take direct foreign maids from seven other source countries.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the meeting also decided that foreign maids would have to undergo additional health screenings beginning Jan 1.

He said the health screenings would be carried out before the foreign maids left the country of origin, a month after arrival in Malaysia, at the end of the first and second year, and every two years as long as she was employed in Malaysia.

"This additional health screening is necessary to ensure that reports made in the home country are the same here to prevent fraud.

"Additional health screening fees are RM190 for women and RM180 for men," he said.

He said the number of legal foreign workers in the country had decreased to 1.785 million as of Nov 30 compared with 2.135 million in 2015 - Bernama

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answered on Dec 27, 2017 at 20:30
by   FakeDatuk
Bogus ‘Datuk Seri’ visa agent cheats five of RM37,800

27 December 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: A bogus visa agent claiming to be a "Datuk Seri" has cheated five victims from the Philippines of RM37,872. One of the victims has yet to get her passport back from the agent.

Mercy Sison, 44, who spoke on behalf of the victims at a press conference at Wisma MCA here today, said she met the agent in 2015.

Sison said she trusted the agent because the latter claimed to be a "Datuk Seri" with a lot of connections with the Home Ministry.

"I've been living in Malaysia for more than 13 years," she said. "I know that a person who carries the Datukship title should be someone respected in this country.

"I plead to the Datuk to return back the passport and at least half the money that we have given him so that we can go back to the Philippines."

MCA's Head of Public Services and Complaints Department Datuk Seri Michael Chong questioned the validity of the agent's Datukship.

The veteran politician said there are many "fake Datuks" who used their title to scam others.

Chong said he had contacted the agent several times to help Sison get back her passport but was unsuccessful.

"I've contacted him three times, the first time he said he had a stroke, second time he said that he got cancer and the third time he said that he is unwell. That's when I knew I could not trust this man," he said.

Chong also reminded foreigners to be more vigilant when applying new visas as there is a lot of "fake agents" trying to cheat them.

He said Sison's case was just a "tip of the iceberg" and he believed that there are many other cases like this in the country.

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answered on Jan 6, 2018 at 16:57
by   Voluntary Repatriation
MyEG gets six-month extension from Home Ministry for illegal foreign worker repatriation programme

5 January 2018

PETALING JAYA: MyEG Services Bhd has been granted a six-month extension by the Home Ministry for the voluntary repatriation of illegal foreign workers programme.

The group said that it had received a letter dated December 20, 2017 from the Home Ministry in relation to the extension of the programme, which was initially scheduled to expire on December 31.

"The extension is from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018. The extension has no fixed value as it is dependent on the number of foreign workers successfully repatriated," it noted.

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answered on Feb 8, 2018 at 00:45
by   ScammedArrested
Illegal workers' 'get out of jail free' cards fail to work on Immigration officers

7 Feb 2018

PETALING JAYA: A group of nine illegal workers with so-called "immunity cards" thought the law could not touch them, but they quickly learnt they had been scammed when they were arrested by Immigration Department officers.

The Department on Tuesday (Feb 6) had raided a factory in Pandan Indah and arrested the nine for various immigration offences.

When the suspects were being processed, they produced their "immunity cards" which they believed would grant them protection from authorities.

In a statement on Wednesday (Feb 7), Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said that the cards are believed to have cost the workers RM2,600 each.

"The Department has never approved nor authorised any party to issue cards that supposedly provide protection from the law," he said.

The suspects were later taken to the Department's Putrajaya depot for further investigations.

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