• Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing: Why must Mas Ermieyati confuse the public and claim that the programme only sides with applicants from China? What is she trying to convey through provocations by picking on a specific country?

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 18): Bersatu's Masjid Tanah MP Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (pictured) has come under fire for insinuating that the newly revamped Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme will give automatic permanent residency to applicants from China.

In a report by The Star, Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (pictured) questioned Mas Ermieyati’s intentions for making the claim.

“Why must Mas Ermieyati confuse the public and claim that the programme only sides with applicants from China? What is she trying to convey through provocations by picking on a specific country?

“Every applicant, irrespective of nationality, must fulfil terms in the Platinum category before they are allowed to apply for permanent residence.

“Mas Ermieyati’s comments show her ignorance on numerous matters, and this is a way for her to gain political attention,” he said in a statement.

Tiong earlier called for Mas Ermieyati’s “seemingly slanderous statement" to be probed under the Sedition Act.

"Aside from confusing the facts, her comments against the MM2H programme also created a racial issue, when in fact the programme is contributing towards the country's economic growth," said Tiong.

Also in a report by The Star, Economy Minister Rafizi Ramli said he was shocked that Mas Ermieyati had made such claims based on hearsay.

“When I was the Opposition, there were all kinds of stories that were shared with me. But 90% of the time, it will be rejected because they are not backed up by evidence.

“Once I get the evidence, I will investigate it.

“Shame on you, can you please be more hardworking if you want to do an expose against the government?” added Rafizi.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail has rubbished claims made by Mas Ermieyati.

"As of now, there is no Cabinet decision regarding the matter," he told The Star.

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