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Immigration: Digital printing will replace manual passport stamping to stop corrupt practices

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The Immigration Department will be replacing its current manual passport stamping with digital printing. This is to deal with corruption among its enforcement personnel. Its director-general, Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said.

The Star reported him saying that the new system, including the installation of closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) at counters, are among plans to spice up the department’s efficacy. And also to forestall its officers from indulging in illegal activities.

Khairul said the system will recognize the travelers by their identification.

Identification progress

“When a foreign traveler comes to Malaysia after his first visit, he can go through the autogate rather than queuing to check his passport.

“When I took office last year, I told my officers there’ll be no compromise if their actions cause the questioning of the department’s integrity.

“I will do what I can to appear after their welfare but there’ll be intolerance against wrongdoings, “ he was saying.

The country expects it to cost RM1.2 billion and is should be to be fully operational in 2023.

Khairul said they will install CCTVs at immigration counters at entry points including in KLIA, KLIA2, Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu. This is in order that “activities at these counters will be closely monitored”.

The country also expects the CCTV to be done next year, it is also estimated to cost RM20 million.

In November, national news agency Bernama reported that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had detained 50 individuals. Including 28 Immigration personnel, 17 foreign worker agents and five civilians. For allegedly being involved within the fraudulent use of immigration stamps to enter and exit the country. Which are during a series of raids in several states in a very special operation.

Operation ‘Ops Selat’

With the cooperation of the Immigration Department supported intelligence, they conducted the sting operation codenamed ‘Ops Selat’. 6 months’ surveillance at the country’s entry and exit points, especially at national capital International Airport (KLIA), KLIA2 and Bangunan Sultan Ismail Johor Baru.

Aside from the arrests, investigators also confiscated a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Ford Mustang, a spread Rover and an Audi.

On the arrests of his men, Khairul expressed disappointment, adding that they should be punished by the law.

He said that after the new stamping system comes into force, there will be no stamping of passport and would instead be scanned into the system.

“No one can claim to supply stamping services. If there are stamps on the passports, we’ll know something isn’t right.

“There will be more spot checks on those at counters to make sure the no handphone policy is strictly followed. This can be to prevent them making deals with foreigners and illegal immigrants, “ he added.

Under the department’s professional regulation, they do not allow officers on counter duties to bring their handphones.

 

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