Im­mi­gra­tion seeks on­line pay­ment for all ser­vices

New Straits Times - - News -

PU­TRA­JAYA: The Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment is gear­ing to­wards adopt­ing the elec­tronic pay­ment fa­cil­ity for all its ser­vices by Novem­ber.

Di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Musta­far Ali said this was among ef­forts be­ing taken to im­prove the depart­ment’s ef­fi­ciency.

“I have chal­lenged my­self and the depart­ment — why not by Novem­ber we im­ple­ment e-pay­ment for all our ser­vices. This will re­quire fa­cil­i­ties and bud­get.

“This mat­ter will be de­lib­er­ated with the Home and Fi­nance Min­istries,” he said af­ter tak­ing the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion’s cor­rup­tion-free pledge with his staff be­fore Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi yes­ter­day.

Musta­far said hav­ing an e-pay­ment fa­cil­ity could re­duce se­cu­rity risk be­cause some di­vi­sions han­dled huge sums of cash.

He also wel­comed Zahid’s call on us­ing tech­nol­ogy to cut down cor­rup­tion. With less hu­man in­ter­ven­tion, he said, the pos­si­bil­ity of cor­rup­tion could be re­duced.

“Tech­nol­ogy can also pro­vide us the plat­form for ac­cu­rate, fast and has­sle-free ser­vices.”

He said there would still be pro­cesses that re­quired the public to be present, such as to sur­ren­der or col­lect their pass­ports.

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