PUTRAJAYA: A wide net has been cast on those barred from leaving the country by the Immigration Department.
And it is not just tax offenders and those with criminal records who face a rude shock at border checkpoints or at the airport.
The latest figures show some 85,000 National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) beneficiaries who did not repay their loans on the department’s travel blacklist.
They are among 1.14 million people on the list which includes 701,266 Malaysians.
The department has advised Malaysians to check their Immigration status prior to making holiday plans overseas to avoid problems.
“It is the responsibility of the traveller to first check if they are cleared to leave the country.
“It doesn’t matter if you are planning to leave by flight, road, rail or sea.
“As long as you are on the blacklist, you will not be allowed to pass the Immigration checkpoint, even if you have a valid flight ticket,” Immigration security and passport division director Ibrahim Abdullah told The Star.
Those who wish to check their immigration status you can check it online through the following link