Foreigner's frequent stays in Malaysia

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asked on Jan 5, 2020 at 20:55
edited on May 1, 2020 at 23:25
I am a Singaporean married to a Singaporean who was Malaysian. His mother is still Malaysian and we have a property under her name. We have been living in Johor Bahru (JB) for the last 1 year as it is more cost-effective than living in Singapore.

My children (all Singaporeans and Homeschooled) and I have been staying in JB and returning to Singapore every 2 or 3 weeks, never exceeding the 30 days limit for the Social Visit Pass. However, we have been gently warned several times now, that we will need some other passes; we can't live in JB on the regular Social Visit Pass. 

I have visited the Immigration Office to ask if I could apply for a Long Term Social Visit Pass based on my relationship with my mother-in-law but was rejected. We are not able to apply for MM2H at the moment but we have made plans to free up some money so that we can be eligible to apply; hopefully by next year or so. So, from now till we are able to apply for MM2H, we will still be required to travel back and forth and risk a NTL notice.

I am wondering if someone has any ideas; for us to legally stay in Malaysia? If I can find a friend who owns a Sdn Bhd and 'hires' me; thus getting me a Work Permit (and Dependents Passes for my children) for a year or two, is that fully legal? Are there any other passes I am eligible for?

Thank you.
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answered on Jan 5, 2020 at 22:19
edited May 1, 2020 at 23:26
Forgot to add this:
We usually stay in Singapore for at least 2 days... sometimes more than a week, depending on the activities we have then. An officer told me once that it is considered 'U-turn', which is not allowed. So question is; if I stay a week in Singapore and 2 to 3 weeks in Johor Bahru (JB), is this still not allowed?

I also want to add:
Last year my husband applied for a Residence Pass based on his status as an ex-Malaysian and his mother is still Malaysian, but got rejected. Wondering if we should try applying again and if there are factors that can help its approval i.e. more money in the bank, property, etc.
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answered on Jan 6, 2020 at 22:09
I have commented via this thread under  illegal immigration.
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answered on Jan 7, 2020 at 08:03
Thank you for your detailed explanation. Much appreciated. 
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answered on Jan 12, 2020 at 16:24
Hi Mouldy,

Any reason why the 'residency pass' was rejected? I am also looking into it. 
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