Foreign spouses and children of Malaysians who do not hold long-term permits are allowed back into the country as long as they apply for the necessary permits as soon as they pass customs and immigration at border entry points.
“The special Cabinet meeting discussed the situation of our citizens who have foreign spouses and children who are not allowed into the country because they do not hold any long-term permits,” said the senior minister on the catch-22 situation.
“In order for them to apply for the permits, they must be in the country, but without the permits, they cannot enter the country. So, they have been barred from entering.
“Therefore, we have decided to allow them to come to Malaysia but they must apply for the permits immediately after they have passed the immigration checkpoint.”