Malaysia’s immigration authority has announced the launch of biometric border controls hoped to speed up passenger throughout at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
An express lane dubbed the “Asean Lane” is targeted at fellow countries in the Southeast Asia bloc, and a “Foreigner eGate” designed for biometric checks on others were both announced.
While the Asean Lane goes into operation immediately, the Foreigner eGate at KLIA goes into operation on December 29 and at klia2, in February next year, mmigration director-general Datuk Mustafa Ibrahim said at a launch event.
Mustafa said the Foreigner eGate would be a fast-track facility for foreigners with long-term visas that would also record their biometric details.
In November, senior Malaysian officials said a new biometric security system using facial and iris recognition will be implemented at every border checkpoint.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi said enhanced biometric security and an Advanced Passenger Screening System (APSS) would be implemented at all “entry and exit points” to tackle the issue of terrorism and illegal migration.
“We are working very closely with the International Civil Aviation Organisation and Interpol to beef up our security measures in the country,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
He added that a need for strong anti-terror legislation has grown urgent because Malaysians are getting involved in Islamic State militant activities in the Middle East.