February 26, 2021

Azis Jamman: 1,407 arrests for fake MyKad, identification documents since 2013

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police have made 1,047 arrests of those believed to be involved in fake MyKad syndicates and falsifying documents between 2013 until Sept 30 this year, Parliament heard.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman said based on records from the National Registration Department (JPN) during the period, a total of 2,100 enforcement operations were conducted against syndicates, those holding false identity cards or owning documents of other individuals.

“From the total, some 1,047 arrest of individuals were made and they were charged under the National Registration Regulations 1990,” he told Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi (PAS-Tumpat) during Question Time.

Mohd Azis said that selling or issuing fake identity cards were done by irresponsible individuals to make easy profit through illegal ways.

“Full powers were given to the police to investigate and charge those who were found committing such offences,” he said.

On the abuse of identity card including using another persons or holding fake documents, Mohd Azis said a total of 470 arrests were made between 2017 until Sept 30 this year based on JPN records.

“All the individuals will be charged under Regulation 25 (1) (e) of the National Registration Regulations 1990.

“During the same period, those nabbed for the offences included 323 from the Philippines, followed by Indonesia (106), Malaysia (15), China (nine) and Thailand (four), ” Mohd Azis said.

He urged any individuals or institutions that have queries over the authenticity of any identity card to directly verify with the Home Ministry or JPN in order to check the data and physical documents.

To a supplementary question on other comprehensive efforts to stop such syndicates, he said the government was mulling the right mechanism to improve the issuance of birth certificates.

“At the moment, the government is considering a mechanism to ensure that newborns have a direct link to the birth certificates.

“For example, if a baby dies and the parents do not lodge any report of the death, the birth certificate is considered active.

“Among other suggestions, we proposed to have some link, using DNA encryption, and put some codes with the birth certificate,” he said.

“If someone else tries to abuse the birth certificate, we can detect it.

“These are among the proposals we are currently studying to ensure that all elements in the issuance of cards, certification or MyKad will not have any loopholes.

“This is also managed under a special committee chaired by the ministry’s secretary-general to ensure that are no such loopholes,” he said.

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