374,500 holders of red identity cards, Dewan told

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat was yesterday told that the number of Malaysian red identity card holders as of September this year was 374,500 people.They included 64,731 people who were born in the country, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said in response to a question by Tan Tee Beng (PKR-Nibong Tebal).

He said the Malaysian red identity card holders according to states were 12,000 people in Sabah, followed by Selangor (11,307), Perak (6,589), Johor (5,509), the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (4,906), Kedah (2,822), Penang (2,209) and Pahang (1,981).

In Negeri Sembilan, there were 1,947 people, Kelantan (1,295), Melaka (789), Sarawak (771), the Federal Territory of Labuan (653), Perlis (326), Terengganu (307), Putrajaya (17) and others (11,303).

“The red identity cards are issued to non-Malaysians who are permanent residents in the country,” he added.

The Dewan Rakyat was yesterday told that 304,358 Malaysians migrated to other countries from March 2008 till August this year.

Deputy Foreign Minister Senator A Kohilan Pillay said the figure for 2007 was 139,696 citizens.

“Among the factors for their migration were because of education, brighter career or business prospects as well following their spouses for Malaysians who married foreigners,” he said when replying to a question for Chua Tee Yong (BN-Labis) on the matter.

To a supplementary question from Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS-Kuala Selangor), Kohilan said the Science, Technology and Innovations and Human Resource ministries were making efforts to get Malaysians abroad to come home among others through a ‘brain gain’ programme. — Bernama

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