From 1 June 2011 onwards, foreigners entering Malaysia will have their thumbprints taken under a biometric system.
Covering all 96 entry points, this security effort is meant to register and monitor foreigners from their arrival until departure, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
In parliament, Yassin explained that foreigners will have their thumbprints taken and processed within 20 seconds upon arrival at the immigration check-point.
“The system will monitor them and a warning slip will be issued should they overstay, so necessary action can be taken,” said Yassin. “The system is capable of tackling various immigration issues, including falsification of documents, overstaying, and misuse of visas, passes and permits.”
The National Foreigners Enforcement and Registration System (NERS) will be linked to the police’s existing Biometric Fingerprint Identification System (BIOFIS) to grant law enforcers access to the movements of foreigners with criminal records.
Immigration Director-General Datuk Alias Ahmad said the fingerprint database was far more efficient in crime prevention as it would alert the checkpoint staff if a foreigner had entered the country before using a different document or identity.
The Deputy Prime Minister also pointed out that such biometric systems have proven effective in countries like Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.
For queries regarding the issuance of visas and visit passes in Malaysia, kindly contact the Malaysian Immigration Department at: 03-8000 8000
or visit their website for more information.
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