Foreigners willing to become GROs

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  • Friday, 03 Jan 2003

From the Malay press

MANY foreigners, including those from China, are willing to work as guest relations officers (GROs) before seeking other jobs in order to get permanent resident status or citizenship in Malaysia. 

In a Berita Harian report, an unnamed source said the foreigners were doing “whatever they could” to remain here including using a study visa to enter Malaysia. 

“These Chinese tourists or illegal immigrants do not look very different from the local Chinese which makes it difficult to track them down. 

“The only way the authorities can identify them is to find out if they can speak fluent Bahasa Malaysia or English. Then, they can check the validity of their visas,” he said. 

He added that there were foreigners who tried to obtain PR status after staying in the country for some time, after which they worked at getting a citizenship. 

He also said there were allegations that these foreigners were marrying locals to ease the process of obtaining a PR or citizenship. 

In another report in Utusan Melayu, it stated that former students of religious schools were allowed to work in private companies as they fulfil similar criteria as their national school counterparts. 

Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive chairman Shamsudin Bardan said employers would not assess them on which schools they attended but on their English proficiency and academic records. 

He said the students were fortunate as these companies were liberal in selecting potential employees based on Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results and presentation.  

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