MPs: Allow fully vaccinated MM2H visa holders to return, boost economy

TWO Opposition MPs have urged the Home Ministry to allow existing Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) Programme visa holders who have been fully vaccinated to re-enter the country and release the revised MM2H guidelines for the resumption of the programme.

In addition, Home Ministry services must find ways to optimise its services as they deal with essential documents relating to identity and security such as the National Registration Department (NRD) and its issuance of birth certificates, said Hannah Yeoh and Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman, in a joint statement.

The MM2H programme which has been officially suspended since last year, has contributed billions to our local economy – estimated that MM2H visa holders spend RM10,000 a month/RM120,000 annually on living expenses when they make Malaysia their second home.

“Today, many MM2H visa holders have been stranded outside of Malaysia,” the MPs stated.

“In a time of pandemic like this when our economy is so battered, while we struggle to hold together whatever that is remaining, it is common sense to not drive away the current contributors of our national income.”

Meanwhile, Yeoh (former Deputy Minister for Women, Family and Community Development) and Mohd Azis (former Deputy Home Minister) also pointed out that the Home Ministry services must find ways to optimise its services as they deal with essential documents relating to identity and security such as the National Registration Department and its issuance of birth certificates.

“It is time to consider moving more of its services online by reducing over the counter load. It is also crucial for Government websites to publish official notifications promptly and make it easily accessible and this applies to all ministries.”

Both MPs also stressed that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Government should take a holistic approach and coordinated strategy in rebuilding our economy and maintaining sanity for the affected families.

“These are easy, fast and clean income for the Government. Don’t throw this away when income is now scarce,” they concluded. – July 22, 2021

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