SEPANG — May 17, 2016: The home ministry today outlined three improved measures to curb the activities of human traffickers at the country’s main entry points and also the falsifying of passports.
These are to promptly updating the entry record of foreign nationals done manually into the Malaysian Immigration System (MyIMMs), upgrading the capability of the system screening foreign nationals and boosting integrity among immigration personnel.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the weakness of the MyIMMs system which supports the main service of the Immigration Department which often breaks down is believed to be among factors which enables foreigners to easily “break through” the KL International Airport (KLIA) and klia2.
To overcome the problem, the department has been directed to ensure the entry records of foreign nationals which were done manually due to disruptions of the MyIMMs be updated immediately into the system after it is rectified.
The ministry has also directed Syarikat Haitech Padu Sdn. Bhd., the vendor that supplied the system since 20 years ago, to quickly rectify weaknesses in the system.
Nur Jazlan today took a look at the screening procedure for the entry and exit of foreign nationals at KLIA. He was accompanied by Immigration Director-General Datuk Sakib Kusmi.
Prior to this, the media reported that two immigration officers were among 19 individuals detained for alleged involvement with human trafficking syndicates using fake Malaysian passports via KLIA.
Nur Jazlan said that while the rate of slipping through was still low, the problem could not be viewed lightly as it could involve security.
On immigration personnel, he said the ministry would strengthen integrity amongst them by extending the induction course period.
The ministry is also planning to conduct psychological tests on immigration enforcement personnel to evaluate their aptitude in being stationed at critical areas. — Bernama