KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 29): Coordination between the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) and the relevant ministries and agencies have to be enhanced in overseeing the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme, stated the Auditor-General's Report 2019 Series 2

This can be done by setting up an integrated system to boost the “effectiveness of the implementation, monitoring and evaluation” of MM2H, suggested the report, according to a coverage by the Malaysiakini news portal.

The Auditor-General's Report also stated that MOTAC, Immigration Department and the MM2H Steering Committee has to “review and revise” guidelines of the scheme to be “more uniform, clear and comprehensive”.

The report also touched on the fact that there were no letters of good conduct (LOGC) requirement to ensure that the dependants of the MM2H participants were not involved in criminal activities or posed a risk to national security.

“The audit further found that no LOGC was attached for 107 dependents of 59 participants as the rules did not stipulate that the letter had to be submitted and that no other method was used to verify the dependents were free from criminal misconduct in the country of origin,” it said. 

The report also stated that the health screening procedures for participants have to be “in line” with the Immigration Department and Health Ministry.

“The inconsistent recognition of the health status of MM2H applicants invites the risk of spreading dangerous infectious diseases,” it said.

The report stated that some of the participants’ children are “enjoying eligibility as dependants even though they are over 21 years old due to unbalanced rules".

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