‘Travel history part of screening on foreigners entering Malaysia’

‘Travel history part of screening on foreigners entering Malaysia’

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Since the Malaysian police picked up nine individuals linked to an African based terror group around Klang Valley and Sarawak, Asia News Today wanted to learn from the Malaysian Immigration on the standard SOP of screening foreigners entering into the country.

In responding to our query, Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud via a text message said that the foreigners entering Malaysia mainly through airport, ICQS and port have to show their travelling documents to the Immigration officer.

“The Immigration officer will conduct a complete check on their travelling history prior to entering our country.

“Once the complete check done, we will add the information in our database, capture photo and fingerprints (biometrics). This will also help to do a cross check with our database and any red flag that may appear before allowing them to enter our country.” said Khairul.

Khairul added that the Immigration also cross check against the ‘Stolen Lost Travel Document’ (SLTD) as well as the Interpol database to identify any false travelling documents.

Malaysian police chief Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun via a statement revealed that the probe by the Special Branch Counter-Terrorism unit found that foreign terrorist fighters are trying to make Malaysia a ‘safe haven’, a transit point and a logistics hub by sneaking into the country.

Over the past few years, a growing number of foreign nationals were detained for terror links.