10 December 2012 (not published in Today)
A few countries had discontinued the need by visitors to submit an immigration
or disembarkation card to enter their country. This is unnecessary as most of
the information on visitors could be obtained from the passport that is scanned
into their computer system.
Malaysia introduced this new system a few months ago.
Singapore is still using the disembarkation card. I do not know what use is
being made of this card, which must be quite a hassle for visitors. It did ask
for some tourist statistics, which could probably have been better collected
through some other means.
I hope that Singapore can discontinue the need for this outmoded requirement, and
gain the moral authority to urge other countries in ASEAN to dispense with it. This
will make it easy for Singaporeans to travel to these nearby countries and avoid
the hassle of writing the cards.
Tan Kin Lian