The sunny side of leading a Malaysian university

With UK universities facing financial uncertainty, many British academics face a tricky dilemma: should I move overseas to where opportunities can be rather more plentiful? Last year, Graeme Wilkinson, who had served for five years as pro vice-chancellor of Glyndwr University, was casting around for a new role in the UK when he came across an unexpected opportunity: […]

Continue reading


Myanmar migrant workers wait for UN refugee status in detention centers

Most of Myanmar migrant workers currently held in Malaysia detention centers are seeking UN refugee status because many are hoping to resettle to a third country, according to the resources. Myanmar migrant workers have been sent to detention centers after sentenced to prisons for violating  Malaysia’s immigration laws, such as illegal border crossing, over staying […]

Continue reading


Plan to place EMGS, Immigration officers in same office

The Education Malaysia Global Service (EMGS) is in the midst of working on a plan to have dedicated immigration officers placed in the same office to speed up the international student visa application process. Its chief executive officer Mohd Yazid Abd Hamid said the discussion between the related bodies was ongoing and the decision on […]

Continue reading


Agency launches 58 innovation business opportunities

Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) has launched 58 more innovation business opportunities (IBOs) with a potential revenue of RM1.9 billion available for bidding, says CEO Mark Rozario. He said 41 of the IBOs are from local public universities, six from public research institutes and 11 are innovations of Malaysian private companies. He added that the 142 […]

Continue reading


Malaysia slips to 15th spot in world competitiveness ranking

Malaysia’s competitiveness ranking slipped one rung to rank 15th out of 60 economies this year from 14th out of 59 countries in 2012, but scored high marks in low unemployment and encouraging gross domestic product growth rate. IMD, a top-ranked global business school based in Switzerland, said Malaysia’s ranking was now ahead of countries such […]

Continue reading


Service at passport office not so world-class anymore

MALAYSIA once could claim world- class efficiency in the issuance of passports, with the Immigration Department able to issue new passports or renew them in under two hours. But this changed recently with the upgrading of the passport and implementation of a new processing system – it now takes up to one week to renew […]

Continue reading


Delays in issuing new passports almost resolved

Delays caused by the switch to the new Malaysian polycarbonate passports have almost been resolved. Immigration Department director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said things have returned to normal in all offices except at the KDN Immigration Complex in Jalan Duta here which is still facing some glitches. “It was fine last week, but we faced some […]

Continue reading