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A suggestion has been made to the government to put the proposed implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) at the Bukit Kayu Hitam border checkpoint in place, but this time the call isn’t to keep track of foreign motorists who violate traffic rules.

The proposal to get a VEP system in place is to curb the increase in transnational crime over the past several years, Bernama reports. The call to do so was made by Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, cluster head of Political, Security and International Affairs of the National Council of Professors.

He said that such a move would help curb cross-border crime, especially that involving human trafficking. Through the VEP, records of the entry and exit of vehicles and monitoring of foreign vehicles entering the country could be available through a more systematic database, he said.

“(There should be) a central database, gathering complete information to assist the authorities who need information on the entry and exit at our border,” he said.

Last July, it was reported that Kedah was looking to follow Johor in imposing a vehicle entry permit (VEP) for foreign vehicles, but the idea behind the move then was to make it easier to identify and penalise foreign motorists who violate traffic rules in Malaysia. With the VEP in force, all data on vehicles involved in traffic offences could be retrieved and the motorists fined before leaving the country.

With regards to the current suggestion, State Transportation Committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain, told the publication he was still awaiting a reply from the Transport Ministry on the proposal.