PM will look into appeal by MCCBCHST on work permit

January 9th, 2008 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Earlier, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) expressed shock and disappointment over the final renewal of work permit for priest, temple musicians, and sculptors issued by the govt. They have submitted an appeal via telegram to PM, and the PM responded:

In Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, when asked about the appeal, said: “They can send a letter to me. I’ll see what they have written.”

Meanwhile, MCCBCHST further stated:

The council’s president, Datuk A. Vaithilingam, said further enquiries by parties showed that the restriction extended to all Indian nationals.

According to Immigration Dept:

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Wahid Md Don declined to comment on the issue, saying it was a policy matter which should be referred to the Home Affairs Ministry.

Read the full articles from Star and NST below and other related articles in the blog at:http://poobalan.com/blog/religion/2008/01/08/no-more-work-permit-renewal-for-religious-workers/

http://poobalan.com/blog/borninmalaysia/2008/01/08/samy-says-indian-workers-banned-then-say-no/

Samy Vellu: No truth to claims

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NEW DELHI: Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has denied foreign wire reports that Malaysia had frozen the intake of workers from India.

“There is no truth in the report,” the Works Minister and MIC president said here last night. He said he had spoken to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn on the matter.

More than 50 pressmen waited for clarification on the issue after a wire agency reported the “freeze” on Indian workers.

Later, Indian Minister for Overseas Affairs, Vyalar Ravi said there was a memorandum of understanding between Malaysia and India on the recruitment of foreign workers and it still stood.

It is believed that the issue arose after the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Taoism urged the Government to reconsider a decision to stop issuing permits for new applications for Hindu priests, temple musicians and sculptors.

In Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, when asked about the appeal, said: “They can send a letter to me. I’ll see what they have written.”

Samy Vellu: No ban on Indian workers

From K. Harinderan in New Delhi, India

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WORKS Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was mobbed by the press just as he finished speaking on economic and infrastructural development at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2008 meeting here.

Samy Vellu, who was a guest speaker at the event, was approached by some 50 newsmen, including camera crew, who had been kept waiting for him to respond to an article flashed by Reuters.

The article quoted an unnamed Home Ministry official as saying that Malaysia had suspended the recruitment of workers from India and Bangladesh since Dec 31.

Several other ministry officials were also reported to have confirmed the ban without providing a valid reason.

Members of the press, mainly from the Middle East, India and Bangladesh, blockaded the exit of the Vighan Bhavan Convention Centre after having waited for hours for a statement from Samy Vellu.

In answering the questions by the press, he denied all claims based on a quick phone conversation with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“These claims have been refuted,” said Samy Vellu, adding that there was no truth to the article.

Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) claimed that the Immigration Department had stopped issuing work permits to new applications for foreign priests, temple musicians and sculptors.

The council’s president, Datuk A. Vaithilingam, said further enquiries by parties showed that the restriction extended to all Indian nationals.

He said the department had also given final renewal permits of six months for priests, three months for temple musicians, and one week for sculptors, after which they would have to leave the country.

“This decision has caught us by surprise. After all, there are so few priests, musicians and sculptors here. They are only a tiny dot out of the few hundred thousand Indian workers based in Malaysia.”

He estimated that there were about 180 Hindu priests, 100 musicians and between 200 and 300 sculptors working here.

“This is an unprecedented move as the department had previously always had discussions with the council before any change in the system,” he said.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Wahid Md Don declined to comment on the issue, saying it was a policy matter which should be referred to the Home Affairs Ministry.

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