Currently, Davison said, no one was allowed to submit any application relating to MM2H visas.
“As regards MM2H visa holders stuck overseas, the MM2H centre has advised me that they will try and approve all the active cases by today,” he said in an email.
Davison said he assumed that approval would now be needed from the Immigration Department director-general.
He went on to say that this put the future of the programme in doubt, claiming that “some people in government” were opposed to it.
Davison said that up until recently, applications for renewal, transfer and new applications were processed by staff in the Tourism ministry and later passed to the Immigration Department for stamps to be placed on their passports.
“Now, it is not clear what will happen as there is no place to submit the applications.”
He also said the Immigration Department might want to take over the programme which, in his opinion, would be a bad move.
Davison said a staggering 90% of applications had been rejected, adding that this was unprecedented.
“My agency had two rejections which we are confident would have been approved in the past,” he said.
Davison’s email comes less than a week after FMT reported that a MM2H dependent was turned away at the Johor Causeway by immigration officers as he had not undergone a test for Covid-19.
This was despite Muhammad Shafqat Ali possessing written confirmation from the MM2H centre that he would be allowed to enter Malaysia to join his family.
The MM2H Association, meanwhile, will hold a press conference tomorrow on the rejection of applications. Davison will also attend.
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