40,000 Indians 'missing' in Malaysia: Prime Minister Razak


"Almost 39046 are missing...These people, who came to Malaysia through the visa on arrival facility, could be back in India or be among people here. They have gone missing from our records," Najib told visiting Indian journalists here. Most of the missing Indians in Malaysia belong to Tamil Nadu.
"We want Indian people to visit Malaysia as tourists. We have been quiet liberal. We want genuine ones. They are most welcome," Najib, who leaves for a three day official visit to India on January 19, said.
The Premier felt that the only problematic exit point in India was Chennai and that there was not any problems with tourists from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
He said that Malaysia had been quiet liberal in allowing priests and barbers from India to come and work in the country.
The problem of over-stayers is only from Chennai, he stressed adding that is why immigration was not keen on visa on arrival from the southern city.

Commenting on human trafficking, Malaysian premier Najib Razak said his country was being used as a transit point for trafficking to countries like Australia.
"The authorities have uncovered a syndicate of human trafficking from Sri Lanka but had not uncovered any syndicate from India or involving Indians or the banned ethnic Hindu Rights Action Force," Najib said adding that Hindraf had wildly exaggerated the plight of ethnic Indians and manipulated the whole situation.
The Hindraf has broken up, he said adding that one group was working closely with the government which is called Makkal Sakti.
Most ethnic-Indians want the government to be sensitive to their needs, he noted and said that the government was trying to improve the plight of the community people who form eight per cent of the 27 million people in this country.

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