Malaysia

Malaysian Authorities Prepare Biometric Identification for Foreign Workers’ Medical Screening

Malaysian Authorities Prepare Biometric Identification for Foreign Workers’ Medical Screening

Authorities in Malaysia are preparing to implement a biometric identification system for medical screenings of foreign workers. The system is designed to scan subjects’ thumbprints, and to then compare the biometric data against records held by the Malaysian Immigration System, ensuring that foreign workers are who they say they are when undergoing medical screening. In…

Malaysian Gov’t Considering Biometric Refugee Registration to Counter Islamic State Threat

Malaysian Gov’t Considering Biometric Refugee Registration to Counter Islamic State Threat

Authorities in Malaysia are urging the United Nations’ refugee agency to share its data on refugees in the country. As Channel News Asia reports, Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan framed the issue as a security concern pertaining to the Islamic State, with authorities worried that militants have slipped into the country through the UNHCR’s refugee…

Zwipe To Team Up with Malaysia’s Iris Corp

Zwipe To Team Up with Malaysia’s Iris Corp

Malaysia-based Iris Corp. and Norway-based Zwipe are looking to partner up, according to a report from The Edge Markets. Iris Corp. specializes in iris-based biometric authentication, particularly in the area of access control; while Zwipe focuses on fingerprint recognition and payment cards. The two companies are going to explore the possibility of biometric smart card applications in Malaysia.…

Citibank Malaysia Launches Voice Authentication System

Citibank Malaysia Launches Voice Authentication System

Citibank has become the first bank in Malaysia to launch a voice recognition system for customer authentication, reports the New Straits Times. It’s part of Citi’s ambitious plan to become the first bank to enable such a system throughout the entire APAC region, having already deployed the technology in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia. Speaking…

ASEAN Countries Agree to Share Terrorists’ Biometric Data

ASEAN Countries Agree to Share Terrorists’ Biometric Data

Multiple countries in Southeast Asia will share the biometric data of known terrorists to improve security in the region, reports Singapore’s Today. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and other countries agreed on the approach at this week’s International Meeting on Counter-Terrorism in Bali, which took place alongside the Counter-Terrorism Financing Summit, an event that featured delegates from other states…

Malaysia to Thailand: Biometric Data Sharing Key to Dual Citizenship Efforts

Malaysia to Thailand: Biometric Data Sharing Key to Dual Citizenship Efforts

Officials in Malaysia and Thailand are working on a plan to allow dual citizenship, but biometric data is a key issue to be resolved, reports Malay Mail Online. Malaysia’s leadership wants Thailand to share citizens’ biometric data. In calling for the data, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, framed it in national…

Deputy PM of Malaysia Calls for Biometric Screening at All ASEAN Borders

Deputy PM of Malaysia Calls for Biometric Screening at All ASEAN Borders

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia is calling for standardized border security screening for all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Making the comments while on a visit to Rome, Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi suggested that the measure should include “the use of biometrics for fingerprint and facial recognition for all who…

Malaysia Urged to Adopt Biometric IDs for Refugee Crisis

Malaysia Urged to Adopt Biometric IDs for Refugee Crisis

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is urging Malaysia’s government to let it introduce a biometric identity card to refugees fleeing from neighboring Myanmar. Most of the refugees are ethnic Rohingya Muslims facing persecution and oppression from the largely Buddhist majority in Myanmar. The sheer volume of refugees alone is cause for concern…