Malaysia My Second Home Programme: Government Eases Conditions for Existing Pass Holders But Not for New Applicants

The Minister of Home Affairs, Dato’ Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, announced in the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives of the Malaysian Parliament) during his winding-up speech on the Twelfth Malaysia Plan that existing participants in the Malaysia My Second Home (‘MM2H’) Programme will only be required to comply with two out of the nine conditions imposed under the revamped MM2H Programme that was relaunched on 11 August 2021.1 The two conditions are as follows: 

  1. To pay the increased fee for a MM2H Pass of RM500 per year (previously RM90 per year); and 

  2. To reside in Malaysia for a minimum period of 90 days in each year. 
However, despite the appeals by numerous stakeholders to review the conditions under the revamped MM2H Programme, the Minister reiterated that new applicants will be required to meet all the conditions under the revamped MM2H Programme.2 According to the Minister, this is to ensure that “… only those who are genuine and of ‘good quality’, and who can really contribute positively to the nation’s economy are allowed to join the programme.”
The relaxation of the conditions for existing participants in the MM2H Programme will undoubtedly be welcomed by the existing participants.
Alert prepared by Foo Siew Li (Partner) of the Employment and Immigration Practice of Skrine.

1 ‘Hamzah: Easing of rules for existing MM2H holders’, Star Online, 5 October 2021.
2 A summary of the conditions of the revamped MM2H Programme and the Sarawak Malaysia My Second Home (S-MM2H) Programme can be accessed here and here.

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