PAC calls for enhancement of M'sian Immigration System (myIMMs)

ARFA YUNUS

KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called on the Home Ministry and Immigration Department to further develop and integrate the Malaysian Immigration System (myIMMs) to prevent the misuse, loss and underutilisation of biometric identification equipment.

In its full report, which was made public in Parliament today, the PAC also urged the Home Ministry to account for all procured biometric equipment and to ensure that they are fully utilised.

Issued by PAC Chairman Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin, the report instructs the ministry to notify proper authorities if such equipment is found to be missing.

"The PAC wants the Home Ministry to lodge a police report if it fails to trace biometric equipment, and also to conduct detailed investigation and take stern action against parties responsible for (such equipment going missing)," the statement read.

Last year, it was reported that the PAC discovered that myIMMs' biometric equipment worth RM10.3 million, which was paid for and supplied to the country’s entry point gates, was never used.

Following the revelation, Hasan said that the PAC had called for a proceeding involving the Home Ministry's secretary-general, Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim, and the Immigration Department’s director-general, Datuk Mustafar Ali, to provide clarification on the matter.

In its suggestions, the PAC also called on the Home Ministry and Immigration Department to hold a transformation programme to address operation systems and the ministry's management.

"Based on statements given by the ministry's secretary-general, who informed us of a task force that it formed, the PAC would like to review the report," Hasan added.