Sunday, January 13, 2008

Work permit issue in Malaysia: Hindu Sangam's take

JANUARY 13, 2008
Temples Visa Issues – Hindu Sangam Acts

The President of Malaysia Hindu Sangam, Datuk A. Vaithilingam met senior officials of Ministry of Home Affairs and discussed the issue of work permit being given to Hindu temple workers by having their visas renewed to a shorter period than the normal schedule. During the discussion with a senior official of the Ministry En. Mat Sor Udin, Senior Secretary of the Minister, he explained that all those who had their renewal for a shorter period as mentioned above can appeal to the Minister of Home Affairs for reconsideration.

In view of this Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) calls upon all the leaders of temples affected by this exercise to make their appeals and immediately contact the MHS for its recommendation. It has been confirmed that the MHS will be the only coordinating body for Hindus in Malaysia to submit their recommendations to be forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs as has been the practice all the time.

The MHS calls upon the Hindu community to remain calm over this issue because the Ministry officials have shown their concern to solve this issue in a satisfactory manner. We must also appreciate the necessity for the Ministry to go through their own process for proper investigation before making their decision.

Those temples which have only obtained 7 days extension of their work permit renewal for their temple sculptors should immediately appeal and get the recommendation letter from MHS tomorrow at Malaysia Hindu Sangam Head Quarters, No.67, Jalan PJS 1/48, Taman Petaling Utama 7, 46150 Petaling Jaya between 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM. The temple representatives must bring all their relevant documents when they come to our office. For more information please contact Datuk A.Vaithilingam (012-297 0765), Mr. R. Thiagaraja (012-692 5036), Mr. V.Govindarajah (013-323 2167) or Ms. Saraswathy (Office Numbers: 03-7784 4668/4669/4244) .
Thank you,
Yours in service,
Datuk A.Vaithilingam
Malaysia Hindu Sangam

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