Malaysia

‘10-minute clearance’ will not compromise security, says Immigration DG

February 01, 2013

SEPANG, Feb 1 — Security will not be compromised despite the introduction of a 10-minute immigration clearance for flight passengers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Immigration Director-General Datuk Alias Ahmad said today.

He said besides the use of the biometric system, which recorded the entry of all passengers, the list of wanted suspects would always be referred to, to prevent them from entering the country.

“We also have a snake queue system so customers cannot choose which counter they want to go to as previously, we found a syndicate which arranged counters for certain people,” he told reporters when checking on the implementation of the system today.

Yesterday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein announced that the Immigration Department would implement the ’10-minute clearance’ at KLIA beginning today to ease congestion and reduce the waiting time for passengers.

Alias said all the 104 departure and arrival counters, including the 12 auto gate counters, were open during peak hours to handle passengers who could reach 2,800 people per hour during that period.

He said the number of officers on duty had also been increased to 176 people who would be working in four shifts. — Bernama