New immigration system to keep foreign terrorists out, says Muhyiddin

The advance passenger information and passenger name record applications will be implemented in the new immigration system. (Bernama pic)

WASHINGTON: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the new immigration system will incorporate mechanisms to prevent foreign terrorists from crossing the borders.

Speaking in the US capital here, he said the government’s commitment to strengthening its border security would be reflected in the implementation and collection of advance passenger information and passenger name record.

“Both applications are being integrated into the new immigration system which is being developed by the immigration department,” he said at the Banyan Tree Leadership Forum on US-Malaysia strategic relations at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies here.

Muhyiddin will be in the US until Sept 21 for a working visit to boost security ties between the two countries.

At the event, he also thanked the US for its support to Malaysian law enforcement agencies including through training programmes and short courses for law enforcement officers.

“The US may also tap into available resources at the Kuala Lumpur-based Southeast Asia Regional Centre on Counter-Terrorism to advance our common goal of countering terrorism and preserve peace and stability in the region,” he said.

He also thanked the authorities, primarily the US Department of Justice, for their help in pursuing the return of billions of dollars from state-owned 1MDB.