VMS officially launched, smoother cross-border movement at Sg Tujoh expected

(form right) Ting, Sharifah Halimah with others at the VMS launching at the Sungai Tujoh checkpoint.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Oct 11: Entering Sarawak for foreign vehicles via the Sungai Tujoh checkpoint here would be less hassle starting today, with the launching of the Vehicle Monitoring System (VMS).

Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting believed the system would be a win-win for both the state and visitors from neighbouring Brunei, as faster entry process could encourage more cross-border movements between the two regions.

As in August this year, two-thirds of Sarawak nearly three million visitors came from Brunei, he added.

“Having embarked on the Visit Sarawak campaign this year, we want to ensure that the entry point into the state would to be made much easier.

“I’m optimistic that the system (VMS) will help reduce the waiting time at the border especially during peak hours.

“The user friendly VMS would help smooth the ‘in-and-out’ movement of vehicles crossing the border,” he told reporters at the VMS launch at the Customs Sungai Tujoh checkpoint here today.

State Customs director Datuk Sharifah Halimah Tuanku Taha and Miri Mayor Adam Yii were present.

Ting (centre) poses with Customs officers at Sungai Tujoh after the event.

VMS has been put on a trial run since June 25 this year at the Sungai Tujoh Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex, located some 14 kilometres from the city centre.

The system targeted to benefit non-Malaysians or Malaysians holding permanent residency of any foreign country.

Via the system, vehicle owners are required to have their vehicle Quick Response (QR) code scanned when entering and exiting Malaysia via the Sungai Tujoh checkpoint.

To register online, do visit www.customssg7.com. — DayakDaily