15 September 2020
The incident of Malaysian passengers who were not allowed to board their flights at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Sept 14 was because they did not submit applications to go abroad with the Immigration Department.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said there were records of their entry into Malaysia during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
He said the department had announced in its latest guidelines on Sept 12 that Malaysian citizens who entered the country during the MCO period were required to obtain approval from the department if they wanted to leave the country again.
He said those who were stopped involved Malaysians holding permanent resident (PR) passes, or those who were working abroad.
“Some had just returned a month ago and left the country again for work purposes. Therefore, the Immigration Department imposes the requirement to obtain approval to avoid Malaysians who work or reside overseas from entering and exiting the country repeatedly,” he told Bernama. — Bernama