Bangladeshi politician's MM2H visa affected by passport cancellation, says Saifuddin

PUTRAJAYA: Invalid passports will affect any application for Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) visas, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

“A condition for the MM2H visa is that the applicant’s home country passport must still be active and valid. If the passport is no longer valid for whatever reason, that would affect the application or status of their MM2H visa.

“This is based on the law,” he said in regard to Bangladeshi opposition leader MA Quayum’s request to reinstate his and his family’s MM2H visas.

The Bangladeshi politician’s passport was cancelled after his arrest on Jan 12, along with his MM2H visa.

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Saifuddin added that there would have been no issue if the passports were still valid.

“In this case if a person, during the time of applying, has their passport valid and active then there is no issue. But if their passport is somehow cancelled during their duration as an MM2H visa holder then that affects their status,” he said.

Quayum was released on Feb 8 after being detained by the Immigration Department.

The Home Minister had said previously that the department would comply with a court order not to deport Quayum as he had a pending court case here, and that any further action would be decided after the hearing of his case on April 5.

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