MALAYSIA TARGETS U.S. VISA WAIVER THROUGH SKIN – DEPUTY PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia targets to be the third ASEAN country accepted into the United States Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) through the implementation of the National Immigration Control System or SKIN (Sistem Kawalan Imigresen Nasional) by 2021.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government was optimistic of achieving this mission following the acceptance of Brunei and Singapore into the VWP after implementing the same immigration control system.

“In this matter, so far 38 countries have implemented the system, with all having managed to reduce the risk of entry of negative elements from outside and these countries have obtained the visa waiver from the US.

“At the moment, only two ASEAN countries, Brunei and Singapore, have got it (visa waiver). We hope to be the third ASEAN country to obtain it after implementing the system (SKIN),” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Senator Mohd Salim Mohd Sharif in the Dewan Negara (Upper House) today.

Ahmad Zahid said the government was optimistic that the implementation of SKIN would help Malaysia to be accepted into the VWP as to date, it had fulfilled six of the seven conditions set to get the visa waiver.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK