KUALA LUMPUR: All autogates at KLIA will be opened to foreign passport holders in a move to reduce congestion at immigration counters, says home minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
Saifuddin said the autogate entry system will be opened to all foreign passport holders, aside from Malaysians, as a “quick solution”.
“This evening, I will order for all autogates at KLIA to be opened to foreigners, especially those from low-risk countries such as Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and G7 nations.
“We hope this can ease the congestion during peak periods,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat.
He was responding to a question from Mumtaz Md Nawi (PN-Tumpat), who asked what the government intended to do to ease the congestion at immigration counters and reduce wait times upon arrival at KLIA.
Saifuddin said the home ministry was looking into further measures to ease congestion at the country’s international entry points.
In November last year, the immigration department extended the use of the autogate entry system at KLIA to foreigners who possess long-term visitor passes.
Immigration director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the move would benefit over 1.86 million Temporary Work Visit Pass holders and Long-Term Visit Pass holders.