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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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answered on May 31, 2018 at 19:41
by   PTPTN
Names of 433,000 PTPTN borrowers being removed from Immigration blacklist

May 31, 2018, Thursday

PUTRAJAYA: The names of approximately 433,000 borrowers of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) are being removed from the Immigration Department blacklist beginning May 24 and the process is expected to be completed by June 15.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said more than a million borrowers had been blacklisted since 2000 but the names of 655,000 borrowers who had made their loan repayment had been removed from the list.

“I expect that all related matters will be solved before mid-June. I believe that the first promise related to the ministry will be fulfilled,” he said at the handing over of offer letter to enter public higher education institutions to the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2017 leavers here today.

On the promise that fresh graduates who earned below RM4,000 a month would be allowed to delay repaying their PTPTN loans, Maszlee said the ministry needed some time to find the best way to fulfill the promise.

“I will make the announcement when the time comes, before the end of the first 100 days of Pakatan Harapan administration,” he said.

Maszlee said the ministry had also set up a team to study the best way to implement the promise within 100 days without putting the interests of other people at stake.

“So we hope that the PTPTN borrowers can continue to repay their loans and be patient. Give us time to study and prepare the details,” he said.

On the status of PTPTN borrowers listed in the Central Credit Reference Information System (CCRIS), he said the names of the loan defaulters would be listed automatically in the CCRIS within 13 months after they graduated.

However, Maszlee said the ministry would review the issue and coordinate with CCRIS.

Meanwhile, PTPTN chief executive officer Wan Ahmad Wan Yusoff said the borrowers listed in CCRIS could discuss with PTPTN to restructure their loans.

“If you cannot afford to pay RM100 monthly, we can discuss for you to pay RM50,” he said.

On repayment discount announced in Budget 2018 by the previous government, Wan Ahmad said it was still ongoing.

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answered on Jun 2, 2018 at 14:30
by   ImiDep
New operation to flush out illegal immigrants on July 1

PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Depart­ment will carry out Ops Mega 3.0 to flush out illegal immigrants nationwide on July 1, after the expiry of the deadline for the rehiring and relocation programme on June 30, said its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali.

He said the department would not compromise in its search for illegal immigrants and their em­­ployers who were too stubborn to register for valid working permits under the rehiring programme that began on Feb 15, 2016, and due to be phased out on June 30.

He said the department would continue to intensify its operations against the influx of illegal immigrants and would not compromise with any party, in order to safeguard the security and sovereignty of the country.

“We do not know how many more illegal immigrants are out there but the department is firm in enforcing the law, and we will search for all illegals who are scattered around the country.

“For employers who are still stubborn and still protecting, hiring and allowing illegals to stay in the pre­mises, this is a grave offence and they are liable to a maximum fine of RM50,000, imprisonment of not exceeding five years and also whipping of not more than six strokes of the cane,” he said in a special media conference on the rehiring programme here yesterday.

Between Feb 15, 2016, and May 28 this year, a total of 744,942 illegal immigrants and 83,919 employers were registered in the rehiring programme through three government-appointed vendors, he said.

He said of 744,942 illegals, 415,791 were present at the department for amnesty purposes, where 307,557 were qualified for the process, subject to health screening results by Fomema.

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answered on Jul 30, 2018 at 18:13
by   Anonymous
Illegals told not to take the Aug 30 deadline for granted

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Surrender to the Immigration Department now or risk being arrested after August 30 – that is the message by the department to all foreigners in the country without documents.

Regardless of their nationalities those who are not in possession of proper documents and work permits are strongly reminded not to take the warning for granted, Director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said to both illegals and their employers .

All employers with illegal workers who have yet to surrender under the 3-1 Programme should do so before the programme expires by the end of next month.

"Illegal workers and employers have been given till Aug 30 to surrender themselves.

If they come after that date, they will be arrested. We will take action because this is the date set by the Home Minister," Mustafar reiterated.

The 3+1 Programme is a voluntary surrender programme to enable all illegal immigrants in the country who are not eligible under the Rehiring Programme to return to their countries, voluntarily.
The Rehiring Programme ended on June 30.

"Come to us with valid documents, we will handle it well and complete the application as soon as possible, facilitation not frustration," Mustafar pledged.

He added employers and illegal workers only need to pay a RM400 penalty and will not be charged if they surrender before Aug 30.

Immigaration violators means those holding a foreign domestic helper document but working as a sales assistant at a premise, no travel documents, expired passport and work permit, and those found with fake Malaysian documents, among others.

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur continuously reminds all its nationals, especially the illegal ones now in Malaysia, to adhere to the advice of the local authorities to avoid problems.
The Embassy is calling all its countrymen concerned to apply under the Voluntary Deportation Programme before its too late.

Under the VDP, illegal immigrants who surrender voluntarily can be issued an exit pass by the Malaysian Immigration Department upon payment of RM400.

Applicants may proceed to the ATN Unit of the Embassy, or at - Nikko Fabian

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answered on Oct 20, 2018 at 10:51
by   jeff005
edited Nov 9, 2018 at 00:13
Passport Regulations - Portugal

Please take note. Below are excerpts only subject to the accuracy of translation.

For Knowledge of overseas Passports Regulations.

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#After tugālēra citizenship's new law has been executed by Parliament.
Portugal - officially the republic of Portugal, is located on the banks of the Atlantic West of Europe. Only 92212 square kilometers is a country in the union of i'urōpiẏana. The Country's population is like a 1 crore 30 thousand.

In this Portugal, it is known as the Indian, Indian, Indian, Pakistan, the arrival of 90 decades. The most old that Bangladeshi group came to Portugal, almost 28/30 years of age in Portugal. There was a time in Portugal, 1000 Bangladeshis have been found in the whole Portugal, and now there is no need for people in the most easy condition, the people of Bangladesh have been crowded in the soil of Bangladesh. Portugal is the only country who introduced the tradition for the first job exchange in Europe, who will continue to contribute to Portugal, who will give tax to the tax system. The ongoing law from that 2007 is still upheld. Sometimes it's a little difficult again, sometimes it's a little bit of immigration to immigration immigrants. However, now you are in the country.

Illegal immigrants will be able to apply for the residence of residence (of course on some autumn basis) one of Portugal is one of them. In the past 2/3 years, some of those who do not have any country's visa in the passport, have not been able to take the residence..... finally, it is also a few days before the Portuguese Parliament. In the law, there will be no visa for anyone, if anyone has done 1 years of work, the government can be able to show all the documents that he will be able to apply for residence permit. The Visa is valid for those who have been in Portugal, who have been able to apply for the residence for the residence. The next step in the residence is the quality residence permit, his next step is to be found in the hands of citizenship ie.

1 #now residence permit pa how many years can you apply for passport?

North-earlier was 6 years later, you will be able to apply for passport from the date of the first residence permit card. 2006-4 July 2018 had this rule.

And now it has been reduced to 5 years from the date of the first residence permit card issue. Now to apply Portugal passport, 5 years will be valid in Portugal. Let's come after what documents you need...

2 #and another main point correction that is -

All the children of j. Four's four parents are in a valid Portugal. Those children will be able to apply for citizenship after 2 years. That was earlier for five years baby. I mean, if there is a residence of mother baper, that baby will be able to apply for 2 years passport.

If the rest of the rest is more, the following parts will be later -

This law has been executed since 2006 If it is written in English, I am writing the main point in bangla. Even if there is something to know, you can inform the comments. Here's how many official links I want to read if you want to read the link.

1 #if you are born in Portugal and your mother or or any one is Portuguese then you will get Portuguese nationality along with birth.

2 #if you are born in Portugal and your parents are 3rd of any country, you will be able to apply for n'yāśanāliṭira after having 2 years. In that case you must end the primary school level. (under 18 years of people who are born in Portugal)

3 #IF YOU ARE 5 years in Portugal, and you can show the certificate that ended up to the Portuguese language minimam A2 or b1, can apply for Portuguese siṭijēnaśipēra after 5 years. However, in this case, any type of case or case can not be more than 3 years. If there is any type of criminal record in your name, if it is more than 3 years, do not get passport.

4 #IF YOU MARRY PORTUGUESE CITIZEN OR LIV ṬUM̐GĒDĀRA MINIMUM 3 years then will be able to apply for Portuguese passport. If you get married in that case, the official certificate, and the liv ṭum̐gēdāra will have to register in the municipal sbt.

5 #if the Portuguese citizen adopted someone then he will gain Portuguese nationality after having 3 years.

6 #if you are born in Portugal and illegally 10 years then can apply for Portuguese siṭijēnaśipēra.
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answered on Oct 30, 2018 at 09:32
by   jeff005
edited Nov 19, 2018 at 05:58
Nepal and Malaysia sign Labour Pact

Oct 29, 2018

Nepal on Monday signed a labour agreement with Malaysia, the most preferred job destination for Nepali migrant workers, in Kathmandu.

Nepali Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Gokarna Bista and Malaysian Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Recruitment, Employment, and Repatriation of Workers amidst a special function in the Capital.

As per the agreement, Nepali migrant workers aspiring to work in Malaysia will not have to pay any fees for the job in South-East Asian nation. Employers will be responsible for all the expenses on behalf of the Nepali workers including recruitment service charge, two-way tickets, visa fee, medical check-up and security screening of the worker. Worker’s initial investment for medical check-up and security screening will be refunded to them in the first month of their job in Malaysia.

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