Malaysia seeks input from Singapore on passenger screening system

Malaysia seeks input from Singapore on passenger screening system

KOTA KINABALU - The Immigration Department is seeking the input of their Singaporean counterparts to help develop the country's Advanced Passengers Screening System (APSS), which is scheduled for implementation next year.

Department director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said the city state would be a good point of reference as it had implemented its pilot run on the system.

"We are developing the system and expect to present it to the government next March for approval. It will take between four and six months for POC (proof of concept) before we can implement the system," Alias said after a bilateral meeting between the department and Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority here yesterday.

Alias said the two parties discussed cooperation in developing the system, adding that apart from Singapore, the department would also seek input from 18 countries which had implemented the system.

He said the system would enable authorities to share intelligence with their foreign counterparts to screen for transnational criminals even before they could fly into the country.

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