Mobile Immigration Enforcement System (MIES)
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MIES: Device can prevent mistakes during raids
With the Mobile Immigration Enforcement System (MIES), officials from the Immigration Department can check Sam’s fingerprint with the mobile unit, which provides real time data of all foreign visitors in the country on the spot.
In a raiding party, this will mean the difference between a potentially embarrassing incident where Ali is hauled to the police station and Sam gets away scot-free.
About the size of a desktop computer’s CPU (central processing unit), and opening up like a laptop, the set has readers for the I-Kad, MyKad, passports and thumbprints. Information can be checked and updated with records at the department’s headquarters in Putrajaya.
MGSB executive chairman Dr Lalitha Kaleedhass said the mobile device was patented and the first of its kind, containing unique features to effectively authenticate the validity of foreign nationals working or residing in Malaysia.
She said the MIES had the real time accessibility to collect, record and verify information which allowed for the authorities to speed up response time and improve their services.
“The department needed a solution that enabled it to perform authentication speedily and efficiently, with minimal interruption and inconvenience to investors, foreigners, employers and workers. The MIES is the answer.”
MIES: Immigration to deploy new mobile biometrics weapon
A woman having her MyKad checked using the Mobile Immigration Enforcement System.
KUALA LUMPUR: In one single move, the Immigration Department will tackle two pressing problems facing the country — the hordes of illegal immigrants and the need to create jobs for returning Malaysians retrenched by employers abroad because of the global economic crisis.
|Datuk Ishak Mohamed hopes for more units and a full rollout throughout the country|
The department plans to deploy a new weapon — mobile biometrics — in a big way next year to flush out the estimated 1.2 million illegal immigrant workers in the country.
If the illegals are successfully flushed out, more jobs will immediately become available to Malaysians.
This will help alleviate socio-economic problems posed by Malaysians returning after losing their jobs in Singapore and other countries as the global economic crisis continues to worsen.
Already used for the past year in a semi-trial mode, the fingerprinting-based Mobile Immigration Enforcement System (MIES) has proven so successful in identifying illegal immigrants that its chief enforcer has hailed it the wave of the future.
The system so far had made it faster and more efficient for officials to identify illegals, he said, with raiding parties now able to weed out around 30 per cent of visitors whose status are unknown or illegal within a typical group being checked.
“In a recent raid on a group from Africa, for example, we found that almost 70 per cent of them were legal students. The rest had overstayed and so on,” he said at a press conference yesterday on the MIES.
This is another plus for the department, which has often found itself in an embarrassing light after nabbing innocent workers or detaining foreign students who were in the country legally.
Ishak said the country was currently using 160 sets of MIES, with 60 being used in Sabah, a state beset with illegal immigrant problems.
With over 20 million foreigners travelling in and out of the country, 2.2 million of them legal workers, the department will also eventually share the MIES with the police and Rela officers to make it easier to detect those who overstay, abuse their passes, fake their documents or have none at all. It is estimated that there are more than 1.2 million illegal workers in the country.
The system, now the darling of the Immigration Department, is precisely the solution which has been proposed by the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee. The committee earlier this month suggested biometric scanning machines to be used at entry points to stem the influx of illegal immigrants.
Ishak said there were definite plans to expand and fully implement the system next year, but at a cost of RM8,000 per set, the scale and numbers would have to depend on the government, which had to consider financial implications stemming from the current economic downturn.
The department hopes, however, for a per-state increase from about 20 units (for a large state) to 50 units.
“We need this system. It has proven invaluable to us, and interruptions (from inefficient raids) have been minimal.”
On the department’s strategy on Sabah’s illegal immigration problem, Ishak said there were plans for further solutions, such as creating more gazetted entry points at the state’s porous borders and having more consulates for foreigners to apply for visas.
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