Immigration Dept never issued circular to stop stateless children from attending school: Mustafar


MUSTAFAR ALI / SIDANG MEDIA JIM

MO,12/1/2018, PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department has denied issuing a circular preventing stateless children from being enrolled in schools. Its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali clarified that the document, which was mistakenly regarded as a circular, was actually a letter responding to questions from the Education Ministry.

“It was not a circular. Only a letter which the department sent to the ministry to answer some questions. “On Nov 28, last year, the ministry’s Daily School Management Division has sent a letter to us to clarify issues related to status of children. “In the letter, the ministry wanted to know the categories or schedule of children who were born in and outside Malaysia after the Malaysia Day, whether they require a passport or valid travel document to enrol in government schools.

“We later replied on Dec 28, explaining that foreigners born here or abroad are required to have passports; Malaysian children don’t need to have passports while children without citizenship but have applied for it are required to have passports,” he told reporters today. Mustafar stressed that the Immigration Department has nothing to do with matters involving the enrolment of students.

“That is under the Education Ministry’s jurisdiction. Whether the child is stateless or not, only the ministry can solve their enrolment issue,” he said. “In short, stateless children can still attend school as long as they have all the documents needed by the ministry,” he said. According to the Education Ministry’s circular, stateless children are allowed to enrol in any government schools with the conditions that one of the parents is Malaysian, and have obtained a confirmation or acknowledgement letter that the child is under the care of Malaysians.

Mustafar was responding to a report on Jan 9 about a seven-year old girl in Seremban, who was stopped from attending school after clearing registration with the Education Ministry. An English daily reported that the girl’s adoptive parents were believed to have been told by the Immigration Department that she required a passport in order to be enrolled at the school.

–NSTP



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Jangan main-main dengan Jabatan Imigresen – Mustafar – Negeri Sembilan


TELOK KEMANG 14 Nov. – Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia (JIM) memberi amaran kepada orang ramai yang berurusan dengan jabatan itu supaya tidak sesekali cuba menawarkan rasuah kepada para pegawainya.

Ketua Pengarahnya, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali berkata, ini kerana pegawai imigresen telah diminta supaya menahan mana-mana individu yang berbuat demikian.

“Jangan main-main dengan kami. Jangan terfikir untuk memberi rasuah kepada pegawai imigresen. Ada individu yang memberikan rasuah ini telah djpenjarakan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang akhbar Majlis Ikrar Bebas Rasuah (IBR) Kadet Kursus Asas Pegawai Imigresen Siri 4/2017 di Akademi Imigresen Malaysia di Port Dickson di sini hari ini.

Yang turut hadir Timbalan Ketua Pengarah (Pengurusan) jabatan itu, Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman dan Pengarah Akademi Imigresen Malaysia, Mohd. Jasmi Mohd. Juwahir.

Seramai 239 kadet melafazkan ikrar tersebut yang diperkenalkan buat pertama kali kepada pegawai baharu kursus berkenaan.

Terdahulu dalam ucapannya, Mustafar mengingatkan para pegawai supaya mengekalkan JIM sebagai jabatan bermaruah dan menegaskan rasuah bukan budaya jabatan itu.

“Ingatlah bahawa masyarakat sentiasa memandang kita. Pakaian seragam yang kita pakai ini adalah amanah.

“Sebagai barisan hadapan di pintu masuk negara, kita tidak akan berkompromi dengan kedaulatan dan keselamatan negara,” ujarnya.

Mengenai majlis IRB itu, Mustafar berkata, ia merupakan usaha bagi membentuk minda pegawai muda supaya menjauhi rasuah sebelum memulakan tugas dengan jabatan tersebut. – UTUSAN ONLINE



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