Thursday, December 15, 2011

Malaysia: Hunting Illegal Resident Identity Fraud

Malaysia launches manhunt to track 3,000 foreigners (msn - India)
Malaysian authorities have launched a nationwide manhunt to track down almost 3,000 foreigners possessing either more than one identity or travel document, and with some of them reportedly having criminal records.

The country''s Immigration Department discovered their presence when scrutinising its files before beginning the biometric system database for all the legal and illegal workers.

"We are working closely with the police and Interpol to trace and arrest them," Immigration director-general Alias Ahmad said.
This story represents an interesting continuation of Malaysia's efforts to assert more control over its international borders and the presence of foreigners within those borders. We have followed Malaysia's use of biometric technologies in tese efforts for some time.

On a more humorous note, the man in charge of tracking down 3,000 individuals with multiple travel documents is named Alias.

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