Single agency proposal at border to be tabled in July

JOHOR BARU: A proposal to form a single agency to coordinate operations at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) at Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) and Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) will be tabled in July this year, says Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman.

He said the government had conducted a comprehensive review of the proposal, which is expected to improve efficiency of the country’s entry point management and reducing traffic congestion.

“The Cabinet is looking at this proposal and we expect this process to take six months.

“We hope that by this July, the government can decide whether it is necessary for us to introduce a single agency here,” he said after visiting the CIQ complex here yesterday.

He said that the move to create a single agency was because there were 23 agencies in BSI and 13 agencies in KSAB from various ministries carrying out their respective operations.

Mohd Azis also said the government had been asked to reconsider the intention to reduce the number of civil servants in the security sector.

“I was made to understand that the government has announced its intention to reduce the number of civil servants.

“But I do hope that the government would reconsider.

“If we have a shortage of security members, it will jeopardise our national security. In fact, even as we speak, we are facing (security) staff shortage,” he added.

Mohd Azis revealed that 326,000 entries were recorded through BSI and KSAB daily.

“About 2,000 Immigration security staff are taking turns manning the two entry points every day.

“But the number is still insufficient as 75% of visitor arrivals to Malaysia were recorded at the two complexes.

“This means that we need a sufficient number of staff, be it from the Immigration, Customs, police and even Rela,” he said.