Eval­u­ate the new im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem

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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

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