Home ministry forms task force to investigate implementation of immigration system

File picture shows the biometric fingerprint scanner being used for security screening at the immigration counter in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), May 17, 2016. — Bernama pic
File picture shows the biometric fingerprint scanner being used for security screening at the immigration counter in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), May 17, 2016. — Bernama pic

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PUTRAJAYA, May 24 — The Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) has formed a task force to investigate the implementation of the Malayian Immigration System (myIMMs).

Its secretary-general, Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim who heads the task force, said the ministry is collecting the relevant documents to identify the weaknesses of the system.

“Initial investigations revealed that it involve immigration officers at KL International Airport (KLIA) and klia2.

“Several officers have been transferred while several are in the process (transfer),” Alwi told reporters after a meeting with Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, here today.

The Auditor-General’s Report 2015 said the implementation of myIMMs, the system developed to support the operation of the Immigration Department, was unsatisfactory and did not meet its objectives.

The report said the biometric features of myIMMs costing RM10.3 million had been supplied and paid for but not installed and used at entry points for the screening and identification of foreigners and Malaysian citizens.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he believed the implementation of myIMMs by the Immigration Department was sabotaged.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Affairs Minister said some names had been identified and would be announced by Immigration Department director-general Datuk Sakib Kusmi and the Royal Malaysian Police.

Meanwhile, Sakib said the Immigration Department will investigate elements of sabotage internally and externally, including the involvement of vendors and foreigners, which led to disruption in the implementation of myIMMs.

“We are continuing the investigation to determine who are involved and will make an announcement with the police when the time comes.

“They have not been summoned as the investigation is still underway. They will be summoned when the time comes,” he added. — Bernama

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