700,000 on Immigration travel blacklist
MORE than 700,000 Malaysians are currently barred from leaving the country, an increase of 250,000 from last year.
According to a report in Sin Chew Daily yesterday, most who were blacklisted were not aware of it until they were stopped by Immigration officers at the country’s exit points.
Many may be surprised to learn that other than the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), National Higher Education Fund Corporation, Customs Department, Bank Negara Malaysia, Insolvency Department, Security Commission of Malaysia, police and the Malaysian AntiCorruption Commission (MACC), the Prime Minister’s Office, Labour Department and the country’s foreign missions can also request the Immigration Department to bar individuals.
The blacklist also includes individuals who have committed various offences.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed confirmed that his ministry’s Security and Public Order division is empowered to put on the Immigration blacklist, individuals deemed to be a security threat.
Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican told the daily the ministry could also ask for an exit ban to be imposed on individuals, but had rarely done it.
MACC officials contacted by the daily pointed out that if necessary, the commission can also issue “red flags” on individuals to the Immigration for assistance to trace their whereabouts.
According to the report, most of those barred from leaving the country are on the blacklist for not settling their taxes with the IRB.
Under Section 104 of the Income Tax Act 1967 and Section 22 of the Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976, the IRB director-general can issue exit ban orders on individuals for not settling their taxes. The public may check their status on the IRB blacklist at sspi2.imi. gov.my/Default.aspx.