No citizenship for foreign home buyers under MM2H campaign, DPM assures

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

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

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 documents, just a 10-year visa. 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 limited to people from China and Hong Kong.

She said this after visiting Nour Shafinar Harun, the widow of Major Mohd Zahir Armaya, at the Wardieburn Camp, here today.

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

Wan Azizah was speaking to address public concerns over the possibility of citizenship status granted to foreigners who buy luxury homes through the MM2H programme.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin had proposed the home ownership campaign for foreign buyers under MM2H to resolve the issue of unsold luxury homes as part of efforts to restore the country’s economy.

In another development, Wan Azizah, who is also women, family and community development minister, said seven states disagreed to raising the minimum age limit for marriage to 18 years.

The states are Sarawak, Pahang, Terengganu, Perlis, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah and Kelantan.

At the meeting of menteris besar and chief ministers in October last year, the government set the minimum age limit for marriage to 18 for both Muslims and non-Muslims, men and women, in all states.

Wan Azizah said the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) was in the midst of making amendments to the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 (Act 303) to raise the minimum age limit for marriage for women to 18 years.

“The application process for underage marriage under the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164) has been tightened through the establishment of standard operating procedures for minors that take into account the social and health aspects of the applicants,” she said.

Wan Azizah said Jakim was also coordinating with the states on the enactment of Islamic family law.