Malaysian Consumer News: No more filling passport forms (The STAR online)

The STAR, online Malaysia

Friday October 5, 2007

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/10/5/nation/19084229&sec=nation
No more filling passport forms

KUCHING: Applicants for international passports will no longer be required to fill up forms from Dec 1.

Home Affairs Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat said their thumbprints and latest passport-sized photographs would suffice.

Aseh said the paperless application was possible as the Immigration Department could verify an applicant’s identity through its link-up with the National Registration Department.

“The passports will be issued to the applicants on the same day,” he told reporters after handing over Hari Raya goodies to the state Immigration Department officers and staff here.

He said the department started issuing instant passports to applicants in Sabah and Sarawak on the same day since Monday. States in the peninsula implemented the move earlier this year.

Currently, applicants must fill up Form A, while parents should fill in Form A1/B1 for their children.

Two 3.5cm x 5.0cm photographs should also be handed along with the completed forms and old passports (if any) to the Immigration Department application counters.

Department director-general Datuk Wahid Mohd Don recently said that the department would look into other forms of identification such as retina verification and installing higher-grade computer chips for the radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to eliminate passport and visa forgeries.

He said that Malaysians could also submit their passport applications on-line with their MyKad details and come to the department the next day to collect their passports as part of the department’s efforts to go paperless.

Aseh said the ministry planned to build a RM60mil complex here to house all its departments and agencies, including the Immigration Department, National Registration Department, Rela and the Registrar of Societies.

“Housing all the agencies under one roof will enhance public service delivery,” he said.

He said the ministry had identified a site in Petra Jaya for the project, and was in the process of acquiring the land from the state government. Construction work could start next year.

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