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 departments 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 NexCodeTMs 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.
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