KUALA LUMPUR/The Star/Bernama: The Malaysian international passport with its high security features is ranked fifth among the best passports in the world, which proves global recognition for Malaysia.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the recognition by Global Passport Power Rank 2018 meant the Malaysian passport compared favourably to the passports of other countries such as New Zealand and Australia.
“Our passport with high security features was the first in the world in e-passport usage that had a security chip planted inside.
“It is to facilitate all immigration counter transactions. We could identify all information and profiles of passport holders, including movement and travel to each country when scanned at an immigration counter,” he said yesterday.
Mustafar said that the Malaysian passport was also difficult to forge as it had a security feature which could not be seen with the naked eye.
“The most important thing is that the Malaysian passport is made according to International Civil Aviation Organisation standard, an agency under the UN for cross-border travel,” he added. — Bernama/the Star