Malaysia

Bukit Aman police: Abuse of foreign student passes on the decline

June 06, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — Cases involving abuse of foreign student passes at private institutions of higher learning (IPTS) dropped drastically last year, following measures taken by the authorities in tightening the student entry requirements.

Statistics issued by Bukit Aman police showed 37 people were arrested for the offence last year, from 76 in 2011. They were detained for engaging in prostitution.

Students from China topped the list, at 29 people in 2012 and 27 in 2011.

Seven students from Uzbekistan and a Yemeni were also among those detained for engaging in prostitution activities last year.

Bukit Aman secret society, gambling and vice division (D7) operations head ASP Shahrul Nizam Jaafar also attributed the drop in cases to periodic raids by the police.

In February last year, the government also ceased the practice of issuing visa-on-arrival (VoA) and social pass to foreign students to curb abuse of the documents.

Student visas are only issued to foreign students after they accept offers to study in public institutions of higher learning or IPTAs under the supervision of the Education Ministry.

Most of the foreign students caught abusing their student passes were those pursuing temporary programmes and language studies at higher learning institutions not under the Education Ministry’s supervision.

Meanwhile, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Academic Management and Admission assistant director Badrul Shahri Basri said face-to-face interview or video conferencing would be held for students whose documents submitted for their applications were doubtful. — Bernama