Hamzah Zainudin said that the elderly and those who really want to make Malaysia their second home will get to stay.
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Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin in his first press conference as the Home Minister since the announcement of the new cabinet asked those who are already in Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program not to worry.
He said that one of the reasons the new policy was made is to strike a balance between helping those who wish to make Malaysia their second home, and their capability to help with the local economy.
Hamzah shared that there are 28,249 principals in the MM2H program and 28,229 dependents.
This is far less than the limit of 1% of the population that the government has set.
However, he said, based on recent studies, about 8,000 of those in the program, never stayed in Malaysia and of 28,249 principals, only about 10,000 of them buy assets in the country.
I ask for the people not to worry.Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.
Hamzah said that his ministry will look at the age groups of those who are already in the MM2H programme.
The Home Ministry would give leeway to those who are of a certain age and really want to make Malaysia their second home. He gave an example of someone who is 50 or 70 years old who has been in Malaysia for 15 years or more.
We will study their situation and give them a chance.Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.
However, if they are young, have low income, and own no assets, the Home Ministry will have to evaluate if they should be permitted to stay in the MM2H programme and continue to enjoy the many subsidies the government gives to its citizens.
New applicants to the MM2H programme however must follow the new policy.
Despite his announcement Hamzah noted that the details of how the Home Ministry will vet those who are already in the MM2H programme is yet to be finalized and will be announced later.
Home Ministry Moving Forward.
Meanwhile, Hamzah also said that the Home Ministry will continue with the current approach and follow the Home Ministry 2021 to 2025 Strategic Plan and the Twelfth Malaysia Plan.
The ministry will also make efforts to strengthen the country’s border using the five front approach which requires the home ministry to acquire strategic assets, open new doors at the border, build guard posts, and implement new technology including radar, CCTVs and drones.