Posted by: becketfund | January 8, 2008

Malaysia: Denies Visas to Foreign Religious Workers

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian officials have refused to issue visas for foreign priests, saying that non-Muslim religious workers in the country have been granted only six-month visa renewals and have been told they must leave the country after these expire, The Straits Times reported on January 8. The refusal will have the greatest impact on Malaysia’s Hindu community, which says that without foreign priests, it will not have enough priests to conduct prayers. Immigration officials in Malaysia have confirmed the report, but refused to give any reason as to the sudden change in policy.


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