Ministry blames careless Malaysians who lost their MyKads

Thursday, 21 November 2013

KUALA LUMPUR - “Careless” Malaysians who lost their MyKads were partly to blame for cases of foreigners procuring the crucial identification document, the Home Ministry suggested today when revealing that some 560,000 were reported missing this year alone.

In response to a question by Putatan MP Datuk Dr Makin @ Marcus Mojigoh, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar stressed that the ministry only issued identity cards to those who qualify and that MyKads that ended up in the hands of foreigners did not do so through legitimate channels.

“I want to stress that the ministry and government agencies such as the Immigration Department, the National Registration Department, take this seriously.

“It doesn’t matter if it was 10, 100 or one government document is being falsified or abused by irresponsible individuals, the ministry does not deny that there are [MyKads] used by foreigners which has been abused from the cards that were reported missing because of carelessness, cards that were snatched, stolen, and possibly sold to syndicates by those who are irresponsible,” he said.

The Santubong MP said statistics showed that the number of reported lost MyKads has risen since 2010, from 397,079 to 565,150 cases this year alone, up till October 31.

He also said that the ministry has proposed that “drastic action” be taken on the matter, which will be finalised once Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail weighs in on it.

“Three months ago, the ministry decided to takedrastic action to overcome the high number of MyKads reported lost but there are legal implications that we have to refer to the A-G,” Wan Junaidi said.

When pressed further by Mojigoh, he said his lips were sealed pending approval from the A-G’s Chambers.

The subject of foreigners obtaining ICs, either fake or genuine, was repeatedly raised during the proceedings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Sabah’s illegal immigrant issue.

The inquiry ended on September 20 and a full report of the investigation is expected to be completed by year-end.

Opposition lawmakers have claimed the issue dubbed “Projek IC” has foreigners voting for the government, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, during the 13th General Election.



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