THE autogate system at KLIA has long been a boon to Malaysian travellers leaving the country or returning home as it made going through Customs and Immigrations at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) a breeze.
For all this while the service was only available for Malaysian nationals but is it true that it has been opened up to foreigners as well?
TRUE - with caveats
The Immigration Department announced on Tuesday (Nov 15) that it had extended the use of its autogate entry system at KLIA to foreigners.
However, only foreigners who are resident in the country such as those holding a long-term visitor pass or Temporary Work Visit Pass would benefit, said the department's director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud.
"The 1.86 million foreigners this facility benefits comprises 1.36mil Temporary Work Visit Pass holders; 169,263 Citizen Spouse Pass holders; 68,012 Student Pass holders; 14,046 Resident Pass holders; 52,932 Malaysia My 2nd Home pass holders; 12,335 Special Visit Passes; 9,345 Dependents of Social Visit Passes (PLS); 91,198 Employment Passes and 77,445 other pass holders under the supervision of the Expatriate Services Division," he told reporters at KLIA.
Khairul then went on to say that his department was now studying the viability of extending the autogate entry system to Singaporeans at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar entry point in Johor Baru.
He said the move would benefit Singaporeans who wish to enter Malaysia for social purposes, meetings or tourism.
"We expect to have the system up and running by Christmas (Dec 25) as vendors have to make minor adjustments to the system so it can read Singaporean passport microchips," he said.