Thai-Malaysia biometric testing for dual citizenship to begin soon


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007

KOTA BARU: An initial batch of 500 residents living along the Malaysia-Thai border would soon be selected for testing under the biometric system to determine if they have dual Malaysia-Thai citizenship. 

The Thai Government will also select 500 of its own residents along their boundaries to undergo similar testing. 

Revealing this, Home Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said this was agreed by both Governments and the process should begin soon. 

Biometrics technology is the testing of digitalise thumbprints to check the nationalities of those undergoing the test. 

It is a technology adopted by both Malaysia and Thailand to keep an electronic databank of their citizens.  

Thai's border with Peninsular Malaysia stretches from Perlis to Kelantan, some 1,500km of rugged terrain including mountains and rivers. 

Thai media reports estimate there were between 50,000 to 100,000 border residents with dual nationality. 

Malaysia does not allow dual ctizenship.

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