KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Only Myanmar nationals who have been screened for criminal records will be allowed to enter Malaysia, either as a tourist or migrant worker, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday.
This was to ensure that the Myanmar nationals do not turn Malaysia into a place where they commit crime, he said.
“We have also held discussions with the Myanmar manpower authorities and I have met with the minister. Several measures will be taken so that only those who have been screened for criminal records are allowed to enter Malaysia as a tourist of migrant worker,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid spoke to reporters after opening a conference of police commissioners, chief police officers, commanders and commandants at the Royal Malaysia Police College in Cheras.
He was asked whether the government would restrict the entry of Myanmar nationals into Malaysia after Myanmar nationals were found to be responsible for several murders of their countrymen in Penang of late.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police believe that the Myanmar murders resulted from feelings of revenge, personal problems and family issues, including matters related to debt, stemming from their country of origin.
“Our investigations show a reason for these incidents; as such, let’s not raise speculation of a racial or religious nature,” he said.
Khalid said the police had so far arrested 12 Myanmar nationals to help in their investigation into the murders.
Recently, Penang police also uncovered a so-called slaughter-house in Kampung Pisang, Machang Bubuk, Bukit Mertajam, suspected to have been used to kill the victims and dismember their bodies.