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6P agents under probe for tampering with biometric devices
Last updated on 10 August 2011 – 10:11pm
A file picture of a legal worker from Indonesia scanning his fingerprints into the biometric system in Putrajaya. REUTERS
PUTRAJAYA (Aug 10, 2011): Several 6P programme management companies or agents are under police investigation for using IT service consultants to illegally modify biometric devices without the knowledge of the Home Ministry.
Until yesterday, the ministry had found 600 such modified devices which do not meet the prescribed specifications set by the government.
Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Alwi Ibrahim, who revealed this in a statement today, said the irresponsible actions of these companies has caused disruption to the system put in place to streamline the collection of data, which is protected under the Official Secrets Act.
“As a result, data taken from the workers and illegal immigrants were not uploaded into the main server of the Immigration Department to be accumulated with other statistics received throughout the country.
“Therefore, all managers have been given a stern warning not to make similar attempts as disruption in the system could result in issuance of a NexCode registration slip with double reference code.
“If this happens, the illegal migrants will soon face problems during the process of legalisation and amnesty,” he said in the statement.
The government appointed 336 management companies to register foreign workers in the country.
(NexCode is a patented technology by Nexbis’ National Security Solution designed specifically for governments to meet the heightening demands for stronger, forensic level national security.)
Alwi advised companies who need help resolving such cases to refer to the one-stop centre at the ministry headquarters set up since Monday to address all technical problems faced by the 336 companies.
Until yesterday, a total of 1,637,725 illegal and legal foreign workers have been recorded under the biometric system in the 6P programme.
Of this, 830,837 were legal workers whose registration exercise started on July 13.