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Malaysia To Issue Biometric ID Cards For Foreigners
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/jan/10/malaysia-issue-biometric-id-cards-foreigners/
Source Date: Thursday, January 09, 2014
Focus: Citizens’ Service Delivery
Country: Malaysia
Created: Jan 09, 2014

The Ministry of Home Affairs will be issuing a biometric identification card to more than two million foreign workers in Malaysia to make it easier for local authorities to track down illegal immigrants.

Malaysia attracts foreign workers from neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh and Myanmar to fill jobs at palm oil plantations, factories and construction sites usually shunned by locals. The Government is now launching a large scale operation against hundreds and thousands of illegal immigrants in order to stop their adverse effects in the economy.
Home Minister Zahid Hamidi said, the “i-Kad”, which will be color-coded according to a an employee’s sector of work, will be embedded with a chip containing the his or her employment details and biometric thumbprint. In addition, the card will also feature a barcode that will allow enforcement officers to quickly assess a worker’s detail by scanning the card using their smartphones.

“These security elements are important to prevent fraud and forgery of the card. It will strengthen our enforcement. We hope that by the end of this year, all foreign workers will have this card,” Hamidi said.
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