Radzi denies claim by MCCBCHST on renewal ban

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He also denied an allegation by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism that the Immigation Department had given renewal permits of six months to priests, three months to temple musicians and a week to sculptors.

read the MCCBCHST statement and other related articles at:

http://poobalan.com/blog/religion/2008/01/08/no-more-work-permit-renewal-for-religious-workers/

http://poobalan.com/blog/borninmalaysia/2008/01/09/pm-will-look-into-appeal-by-mccbchst-on-work-permit/

http://poobalan.com/blog/borninmalaysia/2008/01/09/home-affairs-minister-clarifies-work-permit-issues/

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On the entry of foreign religious teachers and priests, he said the government had tightened the rules to encourage the hiring of locals. He said those already here would have to undergo stringent interviews before approval could be granted for renewal of work permits. There are 5,468 temple priests, musicians and sculptors in the country. "Our policy is that we want locals to become religious teachers, priests, musicians and sculptors.

"We have given enough time for foreigners to work here. If we find that they have worked here too long, we will not extend their work permit." He said some of them had been here for 10 years.  "Five years is normal, but if it is too long we encourage the search for local priests, musicians and sculptors."

On new applications by religious teachers and priests, he said the ministry would review them on a case by case basis.

He also denied an allegation by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism that the Immigation Department had given renewal permits of six months to priests, three months to temple musicians and a week to sculptors.

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1 comment

  1. Malaysian says:

    Radzi is right..We don’t need foreigners. Maybe we should extend these jobs (eg. temple preists, sculpters), to the local Bumiputra population, as it will be definately moving towards the path of unity.