Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Faster Processing of PR Applications in Malaysia

I welcome the Government’s recent announcement that the applications for permanent resident (PR) status in Malaysia would be processed faster.

The Government has also doubled the number of people granted the power to sign the approval for PR applications to four: namely, the Home Minister, the Immigration Department's Director-general, Deputy Director-general and Director of visa. Previously, only the former two had the power to approve the applications.

According to the Deputy Home Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho, they have a backlog of more than 10,000 applications. He added that under the new system, “applicants would not be kept in the dark about their status”. I know of a few applicants who have been doing just that – waiting patiently for several years without any news. Some highly qualified people have since then, moved to other countries.

I just hope they would give priority to professionals married to Malaysians and those who have been working here for a long time. I am sick and tired of hearing of uneducated, unemployed PR holders involved in acts of crime and terrorism. The point system used in Australia is not perfect but I think would be a great system to emulate. It ensures that only people who can contribute to the country and society have a better chance of becoming Permanent residents of the country.

For your information, foreign women married to Malaysians have to approved by the immigration department, while foreign men married to Malaysian women and other applicants have to be approved by the Home Ministry.

Read “Shorter wait for PR applicants” in the Star.

2 comments:

Lrong said...

'foreign women married to Malaysians have to approved by the immigration department, while foreign men married to Malaysian women and other applicants have to be approved by the Home Ministry'

This is new to me... I wonder why men and women are treated 'differently' here...

Adam said...

This has been an issue for quite sometime. I hope the Govt. would change the existing laws to make gender equality not just mere talk.

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