Care Latte with the Home Minister of Malaysia:

Care Latte with the Home Minister:

Homing in on Home issues

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Extracts only. Sunday, 20 April 2008  

Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar is responsible for one of the most important, if not powerful, ministries in the Cabinet. Speaking to The Star’s Group Chief Editor, he talked about his tasks from heading law enforcement agencies to deciding on the role of the media, his upcoming plans for the ministry, Umno, and the country’s political outlook.

What are your plans for the Home Ministry?

Syed Hamid: The Home Ministry is the second biggest with a staff of 159,000.

  • Now we are more open to public scrutiny.
  • This is a challenging and interesting ministry and it’s close to the people’s hearts.

If you talk on matters of_

  • immigration, visas, passports,
  • the National Registration Department,
  • permanent residence
  • and citizenship status,

all are in the limelight. Continue reading

Ordeal of foreign spouses in Malaysia

Ordeal of foreign spouses in Malaysia

YB Lim Kit Siang, DAP Malaysia

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It is almost unimaginable the daily trauma that is faced by them, some of them are born overseas but were unable to get registered at the Malaysian high commission or embassy within the stipulated time. They are faced with daily trauma, which includes inability to attend local schools, universities, long waits at immigration to get a visa, when in actual fact they are Malaysians.

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Allow migrants a chance at the M’sian Dream

Allow migrants a chance at the M’sian Dream

My letter to the editor of Malaysiakini

May 28, 08 4:26pm

The present Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, commented that if Singapore continued with the old procedure of giving citizenship, Singapore would become an old folks’ home for its Permanent Resident holders. So he started offering PR to professionals who had completed two years’ work in Singapore. It is therefore possible to get Singapore citizenship within five years. Thus, new Singapore citizens could sever their umbilical cords from their old countries and give full loyalty to Singapore. Continue reading

It is time for Malaysian Government to revamp the outdated citizenship law

It is time for Malaysian Government to

revamp the outdated citizenship law

The present Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, commented that if Singapore continued with the old procedure of giving citizenship, Singapore would become an old folks’ home for the PR holders.   

So he started offering PR to professionals who had completed two years’ work in Singapore.   It is therefore possible to get citizenship within five years. Thus the new Singapore citizens could sever their umbilical cords from their old country and give full loyalty to Singapore. Continue reading

Why practice multiple standards in treating foreign migrants here?

Why practice multiple standards in treating foreign migrants here?

 

Malaysiakini news May 14, 08 6:00pm

 

My comment: It is very easy. To solve that Sabah problem and as a gesture of mercy to the Myanmars in West Malaysia, just transfer all the RELA to Sabah.orang asli court 200905 palace of justice

De facto lawzaid ibrahim and law students minister Zaid Ibrahim is the champion of Burmese Opposition. He should follow up with the unfair treatment on all the Burmese/Myanmars here.

 

Gerakan today urged the government to take concrete steps to address the grievances of Sabahans including the possibility of calling a royal commission on the issue of illegal immigrants in the state.

“This undesirable situation has led to a lot of discontent amongst the Sabah people who have also raised questions about how some illegal migrants managed to get permanent resident (PR) and even citizenship status,” said acting party leader Dr Koh Tsu Khoon in a statement today.
 

koh tsu koon wawasan university 220906 ponder“Therefore, in order to answer such queries and to take concrete measures to prevent more illegal migrants from entering Sabah, it may be necessary to set up a royal commission of enquiry as requested by some Barisan Nasional component parties.”

 

Koh was referring to the serious allegations that illegal immigrants from neighbouring Philippines and Indonesia have been given identity cards (IC) by the authorities to enable them to vote in elections.

He said the problem of illegal migrants is one of the many long-standing issues which has affected the “livelihood, social fabric, and security of the people of Sabah”.

There has been conflicting accounts from official and unofficial sources on the exact number of illegal immigrants in the state. Most, however, agree that the number is around 750,000.

The total number of foreigners, including illegal immigrants, in Sabah is estimated at 1.75 million.As a result, foreigners outnumbered locals in the state, which has a total population of 3.3 million. Most of the working foreigners are employed in the construction and agricultural sectors.

 

UPDATE:

Sabahan member of parliament Abdul Ghapur Salleh (BN-Kalabakan) said today_

 abdul ghapur sallehAsserting that crime and safety were issues that come under the responsibilities of the federal government, Abdul Ghapur called for a federal-level committee to tackle the issue of undocumented migrants. the issue of illegal immigrants, as they would want to be with the Philippines. What will happen to Sabah?! What will happen to Sabah?!”

Despite having raised these issues many times before, there seemed a lack of seriousness on the part of the administration in Putrajaya to solve the problems raised, he added.

“What goes into the (federal government’s) right ear comes out the left,” he said.

He also said “there are many double-standards in Barisan Nasional” Yes! read this below. For Myanmar citizens, even for the Muslims, we are unfairly discriminated.

There is also widespread discontent in Sabah over the steady influx of illegal immigrants from the Philippines and Indonesia who have somehow managed to obtain identity cards as well as voting rights.

Meanwhile, another component party United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) 

Party vice-president Dr Marcus Mojigoh warned that this could lead to the downfall of the Barisan government.

According to local newspaper Daily Express, Mojigoh said there were claims of “over a million newly-created Malays” from the Philippines and Indonesia in Sabah.

“Imagine (if) you have to address these illegals as ‘tuan’,” he lamented.
 
Mojigoh stressed the authorities must address the problem of illegal immigrants gaining citizenship and acquiring the Malay status through the back door.