REPORTS BY MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM AND TARRENCE TAN
MORE than 250,000 MyPR identity cards for permanent residents were issued over a five-year period, says Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman.
“Between 2014 and Sept 30 (this year), 264,192 MyPR cards were issued to 166,116 males and 98,076 female applicants, ” he said when answering a question raised by Kasturirani Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) in Dewan Rakyat.He said the top three groups issued the MyPR cards were from Indonesia (135,701), the Philippines (38,131) and India (10,283).
He said 13,151 individuals were granted citizenship out of 81,133 applications made during that period.“A total of 57,236 citizenship applications are being processed while 10,746 applications were not approved, ” he added.
Mohd Azis said 23,034,903 MyKads were issued in the same period.
Of this total, 12,259,417 were issued
to Malays, 6,065,328 to Chinese, 1,690,135 to Indians and 3,019,023 to others.
He said 1,245,289 MyKad were issued to first-time applicants aged 12 between 2017 and Oct 3 this year.
To a separate question by Datuk Hasbullah Osman (BN-Gerik), Mohd Azis said a total of 13,279 operations were conducted by the Immigration Department between Jan 1 and Sept 26.
“The operations led to the detention of 39,178 illegals immigrants and 978 employers.
“Of this, 6,101 of the illegals were those who had overstayed their pass or permits, ” he said.
Hasbullah also wanted to know how many Bangladeshi, Indians, Chinese and Pakistani nationals had overstayed their permits.
Mohd Azis said of those detained for overstaying their permits, 707 were Bangladeshi, 409 Indians, 165 Chinese and 156 Pakistani.