Iris seeks foothold in Cambodia


  • Business
  • Wednesday, 21 May 2003

Smart card specialist IRIS CORP Bhd will sponsor the installation of 2 passport autogate systems and convert 5,000 Cambodian passports to chip-based ones to demonstrate to Cambodia the usefulness of such passports, its chairman, Tan Sri Razali Ismail said. 

The e-passport technology would be implemented within the next 90 days at Cambodia’s Pochentong airport starting with diplomatic and official passports. 

“I am very confident that this will be a success,” he said after the official visit of Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng to Iris Corp in Kuala Lumpur. 

Sar Kheng, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, is on a 2-day official visit to Malaysia. 

Razali said the passport endeavour would give Iris a footing in Cambodia, which has a market for 100,000 passports. Malaysia, which has pioneered e-passports, was looking at Asean as its platform. 

Razali said the export of technology from Malaysia would promote growth in the technology field from one Asean country to another.  

Iris managing director Tan Say Jim is prepared to provide the technology platform for a single Asean travel card and that Malaysia should kickstart the programme in Asean. He said Iris could not decide when to do it as it was up to the countries involved to agree on implementing such a travel card. 

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