JOHOR BARU: Singaporeans and foreigners who are applying for the Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS) stickers to enter Johor have to fork out RM105 or S$35 per year – three times more than the RM30 they used to pay for each sticker.
Since Sept 15, applications for the MACS stickers can only be made through a company in Singapore known as the Malaysian Electronic Visa Application Centre (MEVAS).
The stickers can no longer be applied or renewed at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex and Sultan Abu Bakar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex at the Second Link.
All applications will go through the immigration attache at the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore, but foreigners with long term Malaysian passes can still apply at the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) office in Danga Bay.
But, they will still be charged RM30.
The fees for the application in Singapore is now S$35 (RM105) per year compared with the RM30 charged per year when the applications were made at two Johor CIQs in Malaysia.
It is learnt that a circular from the Home Ministry has directed the Johor immigration department to reassign the manpower used at the two CIQs for other border control activities.
Johor immigration director Rohaizi Bahari only confirmed that since Sept 15, the MACS applications were no longer allowed at the CIQs.
The Star has in the past highlighted that the system was not foolproof as there were no biometric thumb-scanners placed at the MACS autogates at both the border crossings.
Since the MACS project was introduced five years ago, some 553,530 Singaporeans and foreign nationals with long-term employment in the island republic had applied for the MACS stickers, which allowed them quick access via autogates at two Malaysian checkpoints along the Johor Causeway and Second Link.
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