VMS at Sungai Tujoh checkpoint reduces traffic congestion

MIRI (Bernama) – The Vehicle Monitoring System (VMS) is in force at the Sungai Tujoh Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex on the Malaysia-Brunei border to reduce congestion.

Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) Sarawak Director Datuk Sharifah Halimah Tuanku Taha said Sungai Tujoh is the first to implement VMS and it is in the pipeline for six more CIQ in the state.

The VMS was trialled on June 25 and started running on August 1.

“As of October 8, registered users totalled 70,183, with 58,460 applications approved,” she told reporters after Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew officiated the VMS at CIQ Sungai Tujoh yesterday.

She said the drive-through concept VMS requires less than a minute to verify a QR Code on a pass, helping track foreign vehicles for use or export. Sharifah said those who can apply are non-citizens, Malaysian citizens with a permanent resident status in a foreign country and citizens with a work permit from a foreign country. She said online applications at www.customssg7.my must be done in advance. Ting announced a RM200,000 allocation from the Rural Transformation Programme fund for each assemblyman to help JKDM implement VMS across Sarawak.