MALACCA - A smartphone app created by the Immigration Department allows enforcement officers to better hunt down illegals by carrying out real-time checks on the registration number of passports and work permits.
Immigration Department deputy director-general (control) Datuk Sakib Kusmi said the app, linked to the department's database, was introduced earlier this year.
"The app is installed in the smartphones of enforcement officers so that they can crosscheck passports and work permits in real-time at any location.
"It has been very helpful. Confirmation can be obtained almost immediately," he said during a large-scale operation to crack down on illegal immigrants here Thursday night.
However, Sakib said a drawback to the app was its dependency on the speed of broadband Internet.
"The Internet speed that we get now is rather slow at some places and, sometimes, that makes checking slow," he said.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who also took part in the operation, said the app would allow foreigners to be screened upon detention.
"Only those deemed doubtful are brought back to the Immigration office. There used to be so much trouble for both foreigners and their employers when, previously, we detain all of them. But things have changed now.
"This new method allows for real-time checks and foreigners with genuine documents will be released on the spot."