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Malaysian Home Affairs Strengthened Security of National ID Cards
Source: www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Focus: Health
Country: Malaysia
Created: Dec 17, 2013

National Registration Department (NRD) of Malaysia has tightened the security of MyKad, a compulsory identity document for citizens, to reduce counterfeit cards, said Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Jaafar.

 

Introduced in September 2011, MyKad incorporates both photo identification and fingerprint biometric data on an in-built computer chip embedded on the plastic smart card.

 

Before, syndicates could replace the photos on the identity card. The government has added a laser-engraved ghost image that cannot be amended or removed even if the photo is changed.

 

A unique serial number has also been added to each card so it is not easy to forge.

 

NRD conducts security reviews from time to time with the help of security consulting firms.

 

Jaafar told local media that over 500,000 MyKads have been reported missing from January to October this year.

 

It is unknown whether these missing cards have fallen in the hands of syndicates. He added that the cards might have been genuinely lost due to negligence or theft.

 

In most cases, raids carried out by agencies under the Home Affairs ministry have uncovered fake instead of amended MyKads.

 

Jaafar is also looking at other ways to reduce the loss of identity cards. He has proposed a higher penalty for individuals who cannot provide a convincing explanation and evidence for the loss. 

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