KL tightens checks for popular expat retirement programme

About 4,000 people on waiting list; official cites heightened security risks for stricter vetting

In August, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia would not give visas for foreigners to live at mega-project Forest City.
In August, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia would not give visas for foreigners to live at mega-project Forest City.PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysia has introduced tighter background checks for a popular programme that allows wealthy foreigners to live in the country on 10-year visas.

Nearly 4,000 applicants to the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme have been left in the lurch since September as their applications have stalled.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2019, with the headline 'KL tightens checks for popular expat retirement programme'. Print Edition | Subscribe