Friday, July 01, 2005

Trial card traveller system for Brunei, Malaysia Borneo

KUALA BELAIT (Brunei Darussalam): A Frequent Traveller Card (FTC) system was introduced Thursday as a six-month pilot project for Malaysians and Bruneians who travel often between the two countries via the Sungai Tujuh Control Post here and in Miri, Sarawak.

Malaysians will use their MyKad while Bruneians will use their smart identity card, but they must carry their international passport as the travel document.

The FTC is available to all Malaysians and Bruneians who make at least five entries and exits per month via the check post.

The pilot project was launched jointly by Malaysian Home Affairs Ministry Secretary General Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat and Brunei's Home Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary Datuk Paduka Idris Belaman, here, Thursday.

Aseh told reporters later that the FTC project was a follow-up of the Malaysia-Brunei Joint Commission bilateral meeting in 2003, whereby both countries agreed on the implementation of FTC to facilitate and automate immigration clearance for their citizens.

"This would eventually create a smooth flow of frequent travellers from both countries," he said.


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