navakal NAVAKAL .Com Saturday, February 01, 2003

Malaysia to tighten visa rules for
Indian, Chinese women

In order to stop misuse of visas by foreign nationals, Malaysia has now decided to make visa rules more strict for young women tourists from countries such as China and India following reports of rise in their involvement in vice trade.
Female tourists aged between 30 and below and from certain countries would be affected by the new ruling, according to Immigration director-general Datuk Jamal Kamdi, reports The Straits Times.
However, he did not provide details about the requirements that must be met by the women before visas could be granted.
"We have received several requests for visa applications to be made stricter. We are now looking into ways to make sure that female tourists do not come here simply to enter the flesh trade," he said after visiting the Immigration Academy near Port Dickson in Negri Sembilan.
He said there were also foreigners who misused their visit or student passes to work as sales representatives at shopping complexes.
He has directed immigration directors in all states in Malaysia to lead raids, codenamed Ops Kelawar, at least twice a month.
They will also step up surveillance at checkpoints, including the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.
Recent statistics show that the number of Chinese nationals arrested for immigration-related offences has more than doubled from 891 in 2001 to 2,382 last year. They entered the country on social visit or student passes.
Last year, the number of Chinese nationals pursuing their studies in Malaysia stood at 11,058.
Datuk Jamal said the government was concerned about the increasing involvement of foreigners in crime and social problems.
Nearly 13,000 tourists and foreign students have been detained in the past three years for their involvement in immoral activities, especially prostitution.
They came from Indonesia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Russia, India, Laos, Bangladesh, Poland, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka.