• "It will start with Malaysians first, and then be expanded to others if the proof-of-concept [phase] is successful."

JOHOR BAHRU (May 27): The quick response (QR) code system will be used for immigration clearance at the Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex and the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) from June 1.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the proof-of-concept phase of the system would run for three months, and only involve Malaysians.

He said the first phase of the QR code system for immigration clearance would involve Malaysians travelling to Singapore by bus and motorcyclists using the MBike immigration clearance system at the BSI and KSAB.

"It will start with Malaysians first, and then be expanded to others if the proof-of-concept [phase] is successful.

"For this QR code system, all Malaysians travelling to Singapore can use the MySejahtera application or the MyTrip system," he told a press conference after chairing a special committee meeting on the Johor Causeway congestion issue at the BSI here on Monday.

Also present were Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi.

Fadillah added that the implementation of the QR code system would reduce the waiting time for BSI bus users during peak hours from 120 minutes to 15 minutes, while the waiting time for buses at the KSAB can be reduced from 90 minutes to 15 minutes.

Motorcyclists can reduce their waiting time at the BSI from 40 minutes to 30 minutes, while the waiting time for motorcyclists at the KSAB can be reduced from 45 minutes to 30 minutes.

In March, Singapore started rolling out an initiative allowing motorists arriving and departing from its Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints to use QR codes instead of passports for faster immigration clearance.

Meanwhile, Fadillah said in a statement that Monday’s meeting also agreed to endorse 26 new initiative proposals with an estimated allocation of RM130 million for Phase 4.

Of the total, seven "quick win" initiatives totalling RM1.75 million will be implemented immediately using the existing Home Ministry allocation, he said, while the remaining 19 new initiative proposals with an estimated total of RM128.25 million will require new applications from the Ministry of Economy.

"This amount will also be detailed further, with the Ministry of Economy taking note that the implementation of existing initiatives in Phase 1 has commenced since 2019.

"For the implementation status of the 21 initiatives in Phase 1, 17 initiatives or 81% have been fully completed; three initiatives or 14% are currently being implemented and are expected to be fully completed by February 2025; and one initiative or 5% has not been implemented yet (still in the procurement process).

"For the implementation of the four new initiatives in Phase 2, two initiatives have been implemented and two initiatives are currently being implemented.

"For the implementation of new initiatives in Phase 3, one initiative has been postponed, namely the addition of 44 MBikes. Additionally, two initiatives are still in the early stages, including documentation preparation, while one initiative regarding the construction of a sheltered pedestrian walkway along the Johor Causeway has been dropped after consultation with Johor JKR (Public Works Department), due to limited space and existing infrastructure density," he added.

Earlier, Fadillah conducted a surprise inspection at the BSI at about 4.15am, to observe the process of inbound and outbound travel there.

He also had the opportunity to meet with the commuters and officers, as well as to personally inspect the bus lanes and take pictures using his mobile phone.

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