KUALA LUMPUR: Only four North Koreans were accepted under the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme, Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said yesterday.
He said the ministry received hundreds of applications from North Koreans to be placed under the programme, but the procedure does not grant automatic access.
"We only granted (it) to four, while the rest (MM2H applications from North Korea) were rejected," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
Nazri said the four were accepted under the programme in 2013 and 2014.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Sunday that only 315 North Koreans are still in the country, including those under the MM2H programme, students and those who are in the country for work.
The MM2H programme is promoted by the government to allow foreigners, who fulfill certain criteria, to live in Malaysia for the long term on a multiple-entry social visit pass.
The pass is initially for a period of 10 years, and is renewable.
The programme is open to citizens of all countries recognised by Malaysia regardless of race, religion, gender or age and applicants are allowed to bring their spouses and unmarried children below the age of 21 as dependents. -- BERNAMA