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Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 9:06:51 AM
by p. aruna
Ahmed showing his special immigration pass which will expire next Wednesday.
PETALING JAYA: KLIA terminal man Ahmed Kanan is having sleepless nights although he has been given a place here to further his studies as his special immigration pass to remain here will expire next Wednesday.
The Immigration Department has declined to extend the special pass because the 22-year-old Palestinian had overstayed before, and in fact, has been prohibited from entering Malaysia for three years.
“All I want now is to live a normal life, to be able to study and to work for a living, like everyone else.
“I hope the Immigration Department will be compassionate because I cannot return to my country which is in conflict,” said Ahmed, who made headlines after squatting at the KLIA transit area unnoticed for over 50 days by the airport authorities, until The Star highlighted the matter in July.
Subsequently, Ahmed was allowed to enter Malaysia on a special pass granted by Immigration director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad on humanitarian grounds.
Alias had said that they would study Ahmed’s case before deciding whether to lift the three-year blacklist imposed on him.
Ahmed said time was running out for him and he was worried over his future.
“Although I was allowed entry into Malaysia for 30 days, I live in fear and I feel like I am staying in prison.
“I have no money and nowhere to go. I have been borrowing money from my friends but they are all students and cannot afford to take care of me.
“I have been pleading for jobs at so many restaurants but nobody wants to hire me because I do not have a student visa or a work permit,” he said.
As a Palestinian passport holder, Ahmed cannot enter many countries because he was unable to get a visa.
Since he was allowed into Malaysia, Ahmed has been living with his student friends in Malacca but they asked him to leave a few days ago.
“They are students and surviving with little money too. They bought me clothes, shared food with me and lent me money.
“I am now staying with another friend in Cyberjaya,” said Ahmed, who was offered a place to study tourism management by a private university here on the condition that he obtains a student visa.
“I have not slept for several days because I am worried about what is going to happen to me,” he said.
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