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Immigrants to Malaysia

Malaysia to-day [July 10] tightened its immigration regulations and called on all non-citizens above 12 years of age to call at the Immigration Office before September 15 to furnish fresh particulars about themselves. There are an estimated 700,000 non-citizens among Malaysia’s 10 million population, nearly a quarter million of them are Indians. The more rigid immigration regulations which will come into effect next Tuesday [July 15] is part of the emergency declared in the country when racial riots broke out on May 13. The regulations known as Essential (Modifications of Immigration Laws) Regulations 1969 were gazetted to-day [July 10] and will remain in force for the duration of the emergency. The new regulation requires travellers to leave Malaysia only at authorised points. Under the present regulations, travellers are only required to enter the country at such points but could leave from any spot. Authorised points are airports, ports, Johore causeway and immigration and customs check points at the Malaysia-Thailand border in Kedah and Kelantan. The new regulations give sweeping powers to the Controller of Immigration who could now detain in custody for thirty days anyone whom he wants to deport. Previously detention could only be for the period necessary for making travel arrangements and not more than 14 days in any case. The regulation also empowers the Controller of Immigration to require non-citizens to keep him informed of their whereabouts in the country or furnish “any information which he deems to be necessary.”

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