Govt to upgrade aging Immigration system

SEMATAN: The Immigration Department will upgrade the Malaysian Immigration System (MyIMMs) – which was found to be unable to confirm the movements of foreigners – to a better system called the National Integrated Immigration System (NIISE), says Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (pic).

The old system is prone to frequent breakdowns.

He said the new system would address the weaknesses of the old system and is expected to be implemented in three years from now.

“We have called several major companies to tender for an improved system for the department. As it is a huge system, it will take some time to show results, ” he said after visiting the General Operations Force sub-tactical team in Teluk Melano near the Malaysian-Indonesian border here yesterday.

The Auditor-General’s Report 2018 Series 3 which was tabled in Parliament earlier this week found 214,398 foreigners did not have records of exiting Malaysia since April 15 when the MyIMMs system recorded 4,489 incidents of system down from 2016 to 2018.

Meanwhile, Hamzah denied allegations that there were about six million undocumented foreigners currently in the country.

He said on average, about 500,000 foreigners were arrested every year and from the total, the number of undocumented immigrants was around 20,000. — Bernama

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