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.

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