Travel pass a hassle for Malaysians

OF late, I have noticed numerous complaints in the newspapers about the Immigration Department’s handling of applications for the MyTravelPass required to leave the country. I am one of those affected.

As a retiree and a permanent resident of Britain I can exit the country without the travel pass; however, my wife, who is my dependant, had to apply for it, which she did on Sept 3. As of my writing this letter, we have not received a reply from the Immi-gration Department.

The department’s website states that individuals exiting the country as students and workers in their destination country do not need the pass and neither do their dependants. Which leads me to ask: Why are dependants of long-term residence pass holders not included in this group that is exempted? The same basis and reasoning should be applied in cases like ours. My wife is my only carer and is therefore an important component in my travel given our age. Also, given that Covid-19 vaccination is now in full swing, why can’t these restrictions be lifted for fully vaccinated travellers as long as they have a right to enter the destination country?

I hope the Immigration heads in Putrajaya take heed of these suggestions and communicate clearly and directly to the airlines operating in the country, otherwise there will be a lot of angry people who not only have to endure vigorous testing which cost money but also unnecessary heartaches.


George Town

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