Unwanted foreigners


Source thestar, 18 Dec

IT was reported recently that foreign prostitutes earn up to RM30,000 a month.

According to the Bukit Aman anti-vice, gambling and secret societies division chief, the lucrative trade is attracting women from Morocco to Mongolia.

After deducting expenses for room, clothing and cosmetics, they are able to nett RM20,000, and take a 10-day rest before getting a cheap flight back to Malaysia.

Last month, housewives in Sabah requested that the Immigration Department stop issuing visas for Filipina masseuses.

The truth is that Malaysian men are squeezed on a regular basis of their hard-earned money.

You also have loads of them working in bars where the modus operandi is the same.

For those from China, the Philippines and Indonesia, although they are only given a 30-day visa, they are able to take a short holiday to a neighbouring country and come back and get another 30 days.

They seem to be able to stay in this country for years on end.

The long stay allows them to foster long-term relationships.

Men are easily enamoured by their feminine charms and start to live beyond their means, inevitably ending up in broken marriages and becoming a one-way money vending machine.

Stricter immigration controls are badly needed.

Impose a two-month no entry period after the first three 30-day visas, equivalent to a maximum of 90-day stay in the country.

No tourist has enough money or time to be able to spend such a long period, ostensibly taking in the sights and sounds.

It might also be a prudent measure to interview women between 25 to 35 on their intent and ability to support themselves by providing proof of financial resources before granting any type of visa.

As for the masseuses, only issue visas for those exclusively employed at female-only spas.

We are also facing a similar problem with African Internet scam artists.

It might be prudent for a total recall of African residents in this country to re-ascertain their intent of stay.

Make airlines totally culpable for missing international passengers who arrive on tourist visas and never take a flight back.

An immediate measure would be for airlines to inform authorities of missing passengers daily.

Re-introduce visa requirements wherever deemed necessary.

With immediate effect, also allow only colleges with university status to enrol foreign students and all visas should be centralised within a single ministry, as spelt out by the Higher Education Ministry.

Malaysia is also a hub for refugees, especially those from Myanmar as the UNHCR (UN High Commission for Refugees) is based in Kuala Lumpur.

According to the UNHCR website, as of October there were 99,970 refugees and asylum seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia.

Of this, 91,520 are from Myanmar, comprising some 33,270 Chins, 24,880 Rohingyas, 10,460 Myanmar Muslims, 6,750 Rakhine, 3,630 Mon, and other ethnicities.

Perhaps it is time to re-look cheap flights to destinations that draw foreigners to this country as there needs to be a concerted effort to protect ourselves from unwanted foreigners.

B.J. FERNANDEZ
Shah Alam

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