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MM2H participants allowed to work (17 May 2009) Print E-mail

MM2H participants allowed to work

We wish to thank “Zari Malaysiana” for the suggestion “Let MM2H people share expertise” (Sunday Star, May 17).

The Tourism Ministry is pleased to inform that the Government shares the writer’s view and recognises the potential contribution from the wealth of experience and expertise of Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) participants.

Towards this end, the terms and conditions of the MM2H programme have been improved to allow participants to work since February 2009. This is applicable to MM2H participants aged 50 and above, who are allowed to work part-time in critical sectors of the economy so as to meet any skills gap or shortage of human capital.

MM2H participants can apply for permission to work through their prospective employers. The employer is required to submit pertinent information on the applicant, the position offered, the work schedule as well as justification for the appointment to Malaysia My Second Home Centre for consideration of the Expatriate Committee, Immigration Department of Malaysia.

The MM2H programme not only benefits the property sector but also leads to increases in demand for a wide range of services such as food, transport and travel, entertainment, health and education.

However, the relaxation of conditions to allow MM2H participants to work has an added advantage as they can contribute directly towards sharing their knowledge and expertise to enhance the productive capacity and competitiveness of the economy.

KAJANG, May 14 (Bernama) -- A Pakistani national who holds a visit pass under the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme was fined a total of RM60,800 by the Semenyih Sessions Court today for two immigration offences.

Rasheed Ahmeed Chungtai, 57, formerly a deputy chief accountant with British Petroleum in Pakistan, is the first person to be convicted for breaching the conditions of stay under the programme by running a restaurant.

For this offence contrary. Regulation 11 of the Immigration Regulations 1963, he was fined RM800, in default five days in jail.

Judge Sabariah Othman also fined him RM60,000, in default six months in jail, after finding him guilty of employing four Pakistanis, one Indian and one Indonesian who did not have valid working permits to work at the restaurant.

This offence was under Section 55b(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.

Rasheed who was found committing the offences at Restoran Al Noor, No. G10, Ground Floor, Plaza City One, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur, at 9.35pm on May 7, 2007, paid the fine.

He was represented by lawyer A.S. Dhaliwel while the prosecuting officer was Immigration deputy assistant director Amirul Mohd Khairy.