SHAH ALAM: The impending implementation of the Foreign Workers Biometric Health Screening System this year is expected to eliminate falsification or duplication of health records of foreign workers.
The system is expected to be fully rolled out at more than 3,000 Fomema panel clinics nationwide by October.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the new system will also ensure better monitoring of foreigners health status and their deportation, if found unfit, or if they have tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis or sexually-transmitted diseases.
The system, he said, will enable the Immigration Department to keep tabs on each individual's health record.
"This biometric system is the best way to keep track and it is also very unlikely to be hacked. With it in place, we can easily monitor and deport those who fail the Fomema screening at an early stage," he said at the system's soft launch by Fomema at Klinik Ajwa in Section 7, here today.
Mustafar said the biometric system will be integrated with the department's existing mylMMS system, which contains personal details of foreign workers in Malaysia.
Also present at the launch was Fomema chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Hatar lsmail.
Mustafar said in the first six months of 2017 alone, 407, 870 foreigners were subjected to health screenings. From the total, 2.6 per cent failed Fomema's premilinary health screening process, rendering them unfit to work in the country.