Evaluate the new immigration system
I REFER to “Prestariang bags immigration system job” (SunBiz, Nov 21).
Hopefully this project will have a 100% success rate compared to other costly systems implemented with taxpayers’ monies.
One example is the MyIdentity system implemented by National Registration Department. The aim was to use our identity card for EPF, tax and government transactions but this has not been fully implemented. After the system was rolled out, not much attention was paid to it and we have to remember different reference numbers for daily transactions.
I suggest outside parties including ordinary citizens are picked to evaluate, test and comment on the system during the first three years of build and commissioning so bugs and weaknesses can be identified.
As one aim of this system is to join the visa waiver programme of the US, I would suggest US immigration experts are also invited to evaluate and comment during the build stage, so that when it is commissioned it is not rejected by the US and we have to spend millions more to rectify it.
Taxpayers paying almost RM300 million yearly from year four to year 15 is no small amount. Extra diligence and care is needed every step of the way so that we will buck our trend and actually successfully implement a system after billions are paid for it.
Good luck to us, the taxpayers.
Malaysian Taxpayer Kuala Lumpur