PUTRAJAYA - Malaysia's strict health screening on foreign students is to ensure they do not bring diseases, such as the Ebola virus, from their home countries.
"We screen all international students before they are granted student visas. Not only do we ensure they have the qualifications to receive an education here, we also enforce strict health checks at their home country so that they do not bring diseases into our country," said Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
"With the i-kad and EGMS (Education Malaysia Global Services) system in place, we will be able to monitor the foreign students who are studying in our country," he added.
Since February, the EMGS, a one-stop centre for foreign student enrolment, has been providing a common interface for pass application, processing and issuance.
From July 1, the Immigration Department issued an i-kad for international students, which contains information such as the student's name, date of birth, passport number, name of institution the student is registered at, international student pass expiry date and photo.
Over 47,000 new applications and renewals were processed by the EMGS last year.
Idris said the ministry was confident the existing screening procedures for foreign students would help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in Malaysia.