Travel passport is a problem for Malaysians

Recently, I have noticed many complaints in the newspapers about the Immigration Department’s handling of MyTravelPass applications needed to leave the country. I am one of those affected.

As a pensioner and permanent resident of Great Britain, I can leave the country without the travel pass; however, my wife, who is my dependent, had to apply for it, which she did on September 3rd. As of this writing, we have not received a response from the Department of Immigration.

The ministry’s website says people leaving the country as students and workers in their destination country do not need the pass, nor do their dependents. Which leads me to ask the following question: why are dependents of long-term residence permit holders not included in this exempt group? The same basis and the same reasoning should be applied in cases like ours. My wife is my sole caregiver and is therefore an important part of my trip considering our age. Also, given that Covid-19 vaccination is in full swing, why can’t these restrictions be lifted for fully vaccinated travelers as long as they are allowed to enter the destination country?

I hope the immigration officials in Putrajaya heed these suggestions and communicate clearly and directly with the airlines operating in the country, otherwise there will be a lot of angry people who will not only have to undergo rigorous testing which costs money, but also unnecessary grief.

MITCH NG

George Town


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