KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of Malaysians have overstayed their visa in Australia, with some claiming refugee status, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya told the Parliament today.
“Malaysia ranks the highest in terms of Australian visa applications compared to other countries.
“However, they are not deemed refugees.
Some do this because they are seeking a better life in Australia or elsewhere, Marzuki Yahya was quoted by the Star Online as saying when answering a supplementary question raised by Datuk Mohd Salim Mohd Sharif (BN-Jempol) in the Dewan Rakyat today.
“He (Goledzinowski) also said the Australian government had received 4,973 applications for protection visas from Malaysians between July 2018 and April this year,” added Mohd Salim.
Accordingly, “Australian authorities have now stationed their immigration officers here to examine visa applications by Malaysians before they travel to Australia,” he added.