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Sri Lanka – Government will not assist visa violators

25 November 2013

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB) has advised that it is not responsible for the large number of Sri Lankans who are currently in custody in Malaysia on charges of flouting their visa conditions, reports the country’s Daily Mirror.

Many Sri Lankans are reported to have obtained tourist visas and travelled to Malaysia in search of employment.

Commenting to the Daily Mirror, FEB Deputy General Manager Mangala Randeniya said the Bureau would not assist such people to secure their release: "They are flouting the law and we have received reports of several such cases. We will not give any assistance to anyone who wilfully flouts the law of another country and in such cases we are in no way prepared to take responsibility.”

Mr Randeniya advised that there are about 30 such cases is reported to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Malaysia on a daily basis

"The people who are arrested do not name the agencies which send them there from Sri Lanka so we are unable to warn potential travellers of the serious consequences they face if found violating visa conditions in Malaysia,” he concluded. 

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