Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Malaysian system for immigration enforcement

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 JUNE 2008 - The Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs has signed an agreement, with local forensic solutions company Nexbis Sdn Bhd, to roll out a forensic- level national security solution for foreigners entering, or working in, Malaysia. Deputy home affairs minister Dato’ Chor Chee Heung witnessed the signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, during the Bali Process Conference that was attended by senior government officials from over 50 participating countries and international agencies.

The Bali Process is an inter-government initiative to foster collaboration in combating people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crimes in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Home Affairs Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Abdul bin Mohd and Nexbis deputy chief executive Dato’ Ahmad Faizal bin Datuk Wira Haji Jaafar signed the agreement that was also witnessed by the director general of Immigration, Dato’ Wahid bin Md. Don and Nexbis chairman and chief executive Dato’ Sri Johann Young.

Secure information accessed in real-time

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dato’ Wahid Md. Don said that NexCodeTM would increase the immigration department’s nationwide enforcement capabilities with access to secure information in real-time. In addition, NexCodeTM would extend the same capabilities to deal with foreigner-related issues to other larger enforcement agencies within the ministry of home affairs, such as the PDRM, RELA and AADK.

“These advantages will promote higher efficiency, help to address issues of people smuggling, trafficking and fraud. This agreement paves the way for the Government of Malaysia to develop significant and coordinated inter-department and inter-government collaboration via NexCodeTM’s capability to cross-link between agencies and even governments to assist in internal and transnational crime,” said Dato’ Wahid.

Dato’ Wahid explained that current security solutions available in the market use first and second level security (L1S and L2S) technologies only. However, such levels of security had proved insufficient to provide comprehensive security coverage.

He said that RFID technology used in many security solutions, for example, had proven to have serious security flaws whereby identity information can be stolen and cloned. For example, the Government of Netherlands recently issued a public warning on the matter.

The use of NexCodeTM provides Level 3 Security (L3S), which is acknowledged the highest level of security available globally to meet with heightening demands of stronger security and to address increasing threats of local and international crime. The solution would give the Ministry of Home Affairs the final Level 3 Security, he explained.

Mobile phone-based enforcement

MSC status company (Multimedia Super Corridor) Nexbis will supply the immigration department with its National Security Solution, which involves the application of NexCodeTM security features onto existing immigration identity and travel authentication materials. This is expected to ensure information is correctly linked to intended identities and the detection of fraudulent activities that usually relate to other forms of crime.

In addition, all immigration enforcement officers would be equipped with secure mobile phone-based field enforcement applications to carry out identity verification operations around the country.

This completes the capabilities of the Immigration Department to perform forensic level enforcement on a nationwide basis with secure access to information and statuses from its live databases.

“We believe NexCodeTM is the solution to address a spectrum of issues faced today by many governments worldwide in terms of national security, identity protection and effective enforcement. NexCodeTM has patents filed in 140 countries and will pave the way for more efficient information sharing between ASEAN governments as well as other potential governments who may adopt our solution, whilst retaining their sovereign data integrity and security,” he added.

“Based on global security technology standards similar to that mandated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in compliance with the U.S. REAL ID Act of 2005, the NexCodeTM Level 3 Security solution not only includes identity protection but also crime and riot prevention, fraud control, terrorism deterrence, revenue assurance, intra and inter-government modules. In addition, NexCodeTM features unlimited data storage, availability of real-time statuses and truly mobile field enforcement capabilities,” Dato’ Sri Johann concluded.

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