no more work permit renewal for religious workers

January 8th, 2008 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Don’t worry, our newest “saviour”, MHC will jump in to solve this problem, which wasn’t a problem in the first place.

PRESS RELEASE : Sudden change in policy on foreign priests, temple musicians and sculptors – Appeal to Prime Minister


Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) is shocked that the Immigration Department has suddenly ceased to issue work permits to new applications for foreign priests, temple musicians and sculptors. Further it has given final renewal permits for six months only for priests, three months only for temple musicians and one week only for sculptors – after with they have been told that there will be no further renewal. This sudden decision without any dialogue or consultation with MCCBCHST is unprecedented because previously the department has always had discussions with Council before any change in the system.
The MCCBCHST has sent a telegram to the Prime Minister requesting him to reconsider this sudden change in the policy of the government which has become a very highly sensitive issue to the non-Muslim community. We hope that the Prime Minister will be able to immediately request the authorities to dialogue with the MCCBCHST and find an amicable settlement.

Thank you,

Datuk A.Vaithilingam


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