Use and keep track of all biometric equipment, PAC tells Home Ministry

BY RAM ANAND
The PAC along with the Audit Report previously found that myIMMs' biometric equipment worth RM 10.3 million was paid for and supplied but was never used at any of the country's entry gates. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today urged the Home Ministry to account for all procured biometric equipment and ensure these are utilised.

In its full report on PAC's review of the Malaysian Immigration System (myIMMs) implementation, PAC urged the ministry to notify the proper authorities if such equipment is missing

"PAC wants the Home Ministry to lodge a police report if it fails to trace biometric equipments and also conduct an investigation and take stern action towards the parties that are responsible for the missing equipment," it said in its list of recommendations following the probe.

The report was made public in Parliament today.

PAC along with the Audit Report previously found that myIMMs' biometric equipment worth RM 10.3 million was paid for and supplied but was never used at any of the country's entry gates.

PAC chairman Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin said the hearing on the myIMMs system and the issues surrounding it was held last September.

"All in all, PAC is satisfied with the explanation given by the Home Ministry and the Immigration Department.

“However, PAC urged the ministry and Immigration Department to develop a more integrated system for the benefit of the people," he said in a statement.

Procurement contract methodology should also be reviewed, PAC said.

The inquiry was conducted after the matter was highlighted in the 2015 Audit Report which was tabled in Parliament in May last year.