Chinese nationals top the list to apply for Malaysia My Second Home Programme since 2013
KUALA LUMPUR (Sin Chew Daily/ANN) - Since 2013, Chinese nationals top the list to apply for Malaysia My Second Home Programme. About 35 per cent of successful applicants of the programme are from China.
Chinese nationals top the list to apply for Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H) since 2013, says Dr. Noor Zari bin Hamat, secretary-general of Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.
More than 48,000 applicants were successful in applying to reside in Malaysia under MM2H scheme where Chinese nationals made up of 35 % of the total number of applications approved, he said.
Participants of MM2H also come from Japan, Bangladesh, Korea, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Iran and India, he said.
The MM2H director Sharifah Ikhlas Syed Ismail Aljaffree said MM2H received a total of 7,904 applications last year, the highest number of applications in the last five year since the scheme was introduced some 20 years ago.
In 2018, there were 6,279 applications and 6,249 applications in 2017.
Currently some of the successful applicants from China. They are unable to proceed with the procedure to process paperwork in Malaysia due to Covid-19 outbreak.
“We are waiting for further instruction from the government as some of the Chinese nationals participating in MM2H are unable to come to Malaysia at this moment,’’ she said.
According to the procedure, a successful applicant needs to be in Malaysia within six months to complete the process of submitting their documents. Those who are unable to be present in Malaysia within six months due to Covid-19 outbreak would be handled on case by case basis, she said.