Home Ministry to be lead in implementation of single border agency, says Saifuddin

JOHOR BARU: Cabinet has chosen the Home Ministry as the lead for the implementation of the single border agency at the country’s 141 entry points, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic).

The Home Minister said the Chief Secretary of Malaysia and the ministry’s secretary-general are currently having a meeting over the matter and would have a detailed plan soon.

“We have two months to work out the organisation, structure and posts in the agency. The initiative will involve all 141 of the country’s gazetted entry points and the implementation will be done in stages,” said Saifuddin.

“Several entry points will first be chosen for the pilot project, which will start next year,” he added at a press conference here on Wednesday (Nov 8).

Saifuddin had earlier witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the en bloc purchase of the Aliff Sejahtera Apartments in Jalan Tampoi here, which would be used as quarters for Immigration Department staff.

He added that the single border agency would have three main objectives - to coordinate the functions of agencies that are currently stationed at the entry points, improve the existing delivery system and to uphold integrity.

During the tabling of Budget 2024, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the government will set up a single border agency and allocate some RM20mil for the maintenance and repair, as well as acquire assets at all international borders of the country.

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