How to avoid getting a poor traveler visa in Malaysia
Posted November 20, 2018 07:18:03Malaysia has a rich history as an emerging economic powerhouse.
Its been known as a place where the rich can go to escape poverty, and a place that has become known for its multicultural lifestyle.
Malaysian tourists have taken to social media to complain about being refused entry to their country after trying to board a flight to Thailand.
They say the country’s immigration department is using a “pervasive” policy to deny entry to poor travelers and people of color.
“This is a huge problem, they are saying that we are poor travelers,” said Naji, a Malaysian who asked to use only his first name because he has been denied entry to the country several times.
“This is ridiculous.
The problem is with the policy and how it is applied.”
Naji said he applied for an entry permit for himself and his wife when they arrived in Malaysia last year, but the application process was not approved.
When they arrived, Naji and his family found out they would be denied entry because they are not Malaysian citizens.
The couple said they were denied entry after a visit to Malaysia’s embassy in New York City in October.
“We got a lot of complaints from people who are visiting Malaysia and they are looking for a way to get here,” Naji said.
“There was a lot in it and it’s all over the internet, and people are really angry.
We are really upset.”
Malaysians have been known to be generous in the past, but this time around the complaints are coming from a much wider demographic.
Many are complaining that the Malaysian government is using its poor traveler status as a tool to prevent foreign travelers from travelling to the nation.
Malay Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government is pushing for a new immigration policy that would allow citizens of more than two countries to travel to Malaysia without first applying for an Australian-issued visa.
Under the new policy, Malaysian citizens would be able to apply for a passport in the country of their choice without having to prove that they are from one of the countries they are visiting.
It would also allow them to travel abroad without having the need to prove they have a permanent residency in Malaysia.
Malayan immigration department spokeswoman Tania Symonds said that while the government was not specifically trying to block people from entering Malaysia, it was “actively working to reduce the number of people coming to the city”.
“We do believe that the number is decreasing but we don’t want to reduce people’s rights and our country is a multicultural country,” she said.
The Department of Immigration said that although the number had dropped, it would still need to work on how to improve the situation.
“The department does not have a plan for what will happen in the future and will continue to monitor the situation,” Symonds told The Straits Times.
“For now, we are not seeing the same kind of positive response from our people as we have seen in the last few years.”
Symonds said the department had also seen a spike in complaints from overseas nationals in recent months.
“It’s not a problem for us,” she added.
“But it is a concern for our government.”