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Malaysia Passport International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) version was launched by Home Minister Dato ‘Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on 2 February 2010.
ICAO is a special agency established in 1947 under the United Nations (UN) based in Montreal, Canada. ICAO is mandated by the UN to establish and set International Passport standards and specifications to be complied with by its member states.
ICAO standards refer to the specifications and standards of Travel Document standards for the purpose of controlling movement in/out at national borders.
The main legislation governing the production of passports and travel documents, their possession by persons entering and leaving Malaysia, and related matters is the Passport Act 1966.
Processing of Malaysian passport applications and renewals is very rapid, with new passports usually issued one hour after payment for normal cases. The introduction of passport renewal kiosks (KiPPas) at Immigration Department branches across the country allow passport applicants to apply and pay for their passports without queuing at the passport application counters.
Malaysia Passport of the ICAO version of the e-passport is important to improve the security features, operational efficiency and effectiveness of the e-passport system as a whole.
- Improving the integrity of travel documents;
- Uniformity of travel documents among ICAO member states
- To curb and prevent the symptoms of forgery of Malaysian passports.
- Prevent theft cases and protect the identity of Malaysians (chips cannot be forged);
- Strengthen security control of the country’s entrances where the focus is on screening high-risk travelers;
- Provide facilitation to genuine travelers.
The implementation of the ICAO version of the e-passport allows citizens to enjoy the benefits of a more efficient service delivery system, the convenience of movement of Malaysians at international gates through documents that have the ability of ‘interperobality’/’interoperability’ where the authenticity or authenticity of passport information with travel documents can be verified; and enjoy e-service facilities and autogate doors provided by ICAO member countries around the world in the future (for countries that provide such facilities).