Muhyiddin launches I-Card for international students

PETALING JAYA: A new identification card for international students, known as I-Card, will be issued from July 1 by the Immigration department.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pix), who is also Education Minister, said the introduction of the card will be an added security effort aimed at improving the management of foreign students in Malaysia.

The I-Card contains the student's particulars, including passport number and information on institution of study.

It will be delivered through Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) One-Stop Center to international students and is a valid travel document within Peninsular Malaysia.

However, the I-card cannot be used in east Malaysia yet, but will be extended to Sabah and Sarawak soon for the nationwide uniformity in recording foreign student information.

"In making Malaysia as an education hub, the country will face great challenges tailoring the technology and management to match the pool of students coming in, I am pleased to witness the concerted efforts between ministries and agencies in handling these challenges," he said during the launch of i-Card here today.

Also present was Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

"With the spirit to attract more international students to study in Malaysia, the tasks and responsibilities to ensure that the students are of high quality and 'genuine' remains a great challenge to us," he added.