Malaysian passport 5th most powerful globally

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian international passports with high-security features are ranked fifth among the most powerful passports in the world which proved global recognition for Malaysia.

Immigration Department director-general Mustafar Ali said the recognition by Global Passport Power Rank 2018 meant the Malaysian passports were comparable to the passports of other countries such as New Zealand and Australia.

“Our passports, with high-security features, were the first in the world in e-passport usage using security chips planted inside.

“It is to facilitate all Immigration counter transactions. We could identify all information and profiles of passport holders including movements and travel to each country when scanned at an immigration counter,” he told Bernama today.

He said apart from that, the Malaysian passport is also difficult to be forged as it has a security system which is not visible to the naked eye.

“The most important thing is that the Malaysian passport is made according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standard, an agency under the United Nations for cross-border travel,” he said.