Less than 1% foreign students involved in crime

Only 0.075% of 113,752 students from other countries registered in local universities are known to be involved in crime in Malaysia. According to Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, this was because the arrival of foreign students was being effectively monitored through the Education Malaysia Global Services student identity card system since July, reports The Star.

Idris added that the establishment of Education Malaysia Global Services, or EMGS, in 2013 had reduced cases of visa abuse by international students in the country. “Many are of the perception that each crime committed by a foreigner involves international students… Maybe such students entered Malaysia before the introduction of the EMGS student card,” he said.

Idris said the screening effort involved the co-operation of the Higher Education Ministry, Home Ministry, Immigration Department, EMGS and other enforcement agencies. He said the ministry was also making spot checks at private and public institutions of higher learning to ensure the international student passes were not abused.
Full report on The Star site