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No granting of citizenship for foreign homebuyers under MM2H - Dr Wan Azizah

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 20): The government gives its assurance that citizenship will not be granted to foreigners who buy unsold luxury homes through the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme.

On the other hand, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said, the government had only planned to offer a 10-year visa to potential buyers under certain conditions.

“There is no granting of MyKad or Permanent Resident (PR) document, just a 10-year visa and this will also be discussed at the Cabinet level.

“However, interested foreigners must have liquid assets in order to contribute to the country,” she said, adding that the home ownership campaign was open and not only limited to people from China and Hong Kong.

She said this after visiting and presenting RM5,000 contribution to the widow of late Major Mohd Zahir Armaya, Nour Shafinar Harun, at the Wardieburn Camp, here today.

Mohd Zahir, the son of well-known actor-comedian AR Badul, died after being accidentally shot during a demonstration in conjunction with the launch of the Fifth Division at Lok Kawi Camp, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Sept 4.

During the half-hour visit, Dr Wan Azizah was accompanied by Army chief Tan Sri Ahmad Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi, Special Forces Operation commander Major-General Datuk Hasan Ali and 21st Special Forces director Colonel Othman Mustaffa.

Dr Wan Azizah said this to address public concerns over the possibility of granting citizenship status to foreigners who bought the luxury homes through the MM2H program.

Recently, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin proposed the Home Ownership Campaign for foreign buyers under the MM2H to resolve the issue of unsold luxury homes as part of efforts to restore the country’s economy.

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