Malaysia immigration to update systems

Malaysia immigration to update systems
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

SEPANG - The Immigration Department is upgrading its various systems to detect cases of fake identities at entry points.

Measures to be implemented include a facial recognition system to detect impersonators and installing passport scanners to read embedded security chips in foreign passports.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the department was also working with Interpol through Bukit Aman to access the international body's lost and stolen travel document system.

"High definition CCTVs will be installed at every Immigration counter to monitor the movement of travellers at entry points," he said during a visit to KLIA2 yesterday.

The minister also said employers were required to pick up foreign workers under their care within 24 hours of their arrival in the country.

Foreign workers who were left unattended would be deported at the cost of the employer, he warned.

He said the department would only endorse the special pass (for foreign workers) if employers were present to pick up their workers and provide proof of definite employment.

Employers who fail to abide by this rule, enforced on June 1, will be blacklisted by the department and barred from hiring another foreign worker.

Some 9.9 million passengers passed through KLIA and KLIA2 so far this year, with 101,517 of them reported to be foreign workers.

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