Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Delays On PR Partly Due To No Follow-up By Applicants. Oh Yeah?

The failure of many permanent resident (PR) status applicants to follow up with their applications has delayed processing of their applications.

Home Affairs Deputy Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho said such an attitude made it difficult for the ministry to proceed with the applications, especially when the documents were incomplete and the applicants had shifted to a new address. "Take this as a tips
(sic) from me, go and follow up, don't just return the forms and wait for five years. "If after a year there is still no feedback, please write to the ministry to know the status, or appeal if necessary," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, here, Wednesday.

Earlier, at the Dewan Rakyat sitting, Tan said 17 people lost their PR status last year as they were involved in crimes or activities detrimental to national security. In the first six months of this year, seven people lost their PR status. In reply to Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera), he said there were 382,000 PR holders in the country.

Replying to Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur), he said foreigners who married Malaysians must reside at least five years in Malaysia before they could apply for PR status. It would take between three to five years to process the applications, he added.

Since when did Datuk Tan become a point-man and apologist for the notoriously arrogant and lazy Immigration Department? Tell me which PR in his right mind would not want to follow-up on his application? The problem is not with incomplete documents or address changes as the deputy minister would like us to believe. The crux of the issue is the attitude of the bloody officers that inhabit the department.

Everything else Tan says can be dismissed as pure excuses for the department's shortcomings. I have written on this very topic earlier on the immigration department's arrogance, describing it as an international disgrace


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