IRIS Corp bags RM1.1b immigration system project until 2025

29 January 2021


The Malaysian Reserve 

KUALA LUMPUR: IRIS Corp Bhd via its wholly-owned unit IRIS Information Technology Systems Sdn Bhd (IITS) has bagged the National Integrated Immigration System (NIIS) project worth over RM1.1 billion from the government.

In an exchange filing today, the group said it received a letter of award (LOA) today from the Home Affairs Ministry (KDN) with a project known as “reviewing, proposing, designing, developing, supplying, delivering, installing, testing, integrating, data migration and accreditation” of the NIIS for the Malaysian Immigration Department.

The company said the contract will be for 54 months from March 1, 2021, until Aug 31, 2025.

IITS is required to furnish a performance bond for the sum of about RM12.9 million to the KDN within 30 days from the date of the LOA with a validity period commencing from March 1, 2021, to Aug 31, 2026.

“The risk factors affecting the project include changes in the economic, political and regulatory environment and operational risks such as completion risk and shortage of materials and skilled labour which IRIS would take appropriate measures to minimise.

“The project may also be subjected to external risk factors such as the global, regional or national economic or health crisis,” IRIS said in the announcement.

It added that none of the directors and/or substantial shareholders of Iris and/or persons connected with them have any interest, whether direct or indirect, in the project.

Previously, it was reported that the project has received bids from other companies such as Datasonic Group Bhd, Scicom (MSC) Bhd and a consortium between MyEG Services Bhd, HeiTech Padu Bhd and S5 Systems Sdn Bhd.

The NIIS is set to succeed the previous immigration system called the National Immigration Control System project, also known as SKIN, which has a value of RM3.5 billion and awarded directly to Prestariang Bhd.

Prestariang sued the government to claim compensation but media reports in September last year said it sought a mediation to settle to matter out of court.

The company, through its unit Prestariang SKIN Sdn Bhd, had on Dec 11, 2018, received a letter from the KDN confirming the decision of the Cabinet to terminate the SKIN project by way of expropriation.

The SKIN project was a border protection control system proposed to replace the existing Malaysian Immigration System or myIMMs, and was slated to be implemented in 2021.