FTC will do for travel from Sarawak to Brunei by year's end

Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/8/16/nation/18604574&sec=nation

Thursday August 16, 2007

FTC will do for travel from Sarawak to Brunei by years end

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Holders of Frequent Travellers Card (FTC) will not need passports to travel the entire stretch of the 2,000km-long Pan Borneo Highway from Sarawak through Brunei to Sabah by the end of this year, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad.

Malaysia and Brunei will seal a deal on Sept 10 to officially recognise the FTC as valid document to cross each others country.

The FTC can only be used at the Miri to Kuala Belait (southern Brunei) checkpoint for the time being. After the official launching on Sept 10, we will extend the usage of the FTC to four other immigration points between Sarawak and Brunei and Sabah. We hope to get this done before next year.

Hopefully, before the end of this year, frequent travellers will be able to go from Sarawak all the way to Sabah via Brunei using the FTC instead of the passport. They will not have to get their passports stamped any more, he said.

Radzi was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 11th annual consultative meeting between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on Tuesday.

Malaysians and Bruneians who cross the border at least three times a month are eligible to register their identity cards as FTC at their respective immigration department after Sept 10.

A special machine installed at the immigration checkpoints on both sides of the Malaysia-Brunei boundaries will be able to read information on the identity cards.

How do I get the FTC card? Do I go to the immigration department to apply for it or I just use myKad when I cross the border at Sg Tujuh/KB?


Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/news.php?id=284320

September 10, 2007 22:52 PM

FTC For Malaysians And Bruneians

MIRI, Sept 10 (Bernama) – Malaysia and Brunei today launched the Frequent Traveller Card (FTC) to ease travel between the two countries.

Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said Malaysian FTC holders would only need to produce their 64k MyKads while Bruneians their SmartCards along with their valid international passports to cross the border.

Speaking to reporters after a joint-launch with his Brunei counterpart, Pehin Datuk Seri Awang Adanan at Jerudong Club near Bandar Seri Begawan, Radzi said FTCs would only be available at the Malaysia-Brunei common border point at Sungai Tujuh, about 30 km from here before being expanded to other Brunei entry points from Sarawak and Labuan after the Hari Raya celebration.

For Malaysians wishing to become a FTC holder, the applicants would have to update their personal data at the National Registration Department (NRD) offices and had commuted at five times in a month.

He added implementation of the FTC would mark the beginning of more cooperation between the two countries as members of Asean particularly in cross-border travel.