Govt to set up RCI on Mykad if needed


THE government is prepared to consider setting up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to look into the syndicate selling Malaysian birth certificates and MyKad to foreigners, if there is a need for it in the future, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman (picture) said the police had been given the full authority to investigate the case which occurred in Penang last month.

“It is under investigation, now six people have been charged. Let the legal process move forward. If in the future we need to establish a RCI, we will consider it.

“To date, 11 MyKad have been blacklisted,” he said when replying to a question from Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (Barisan Nasional-Machang).

On Sept 11, police arrested 20 individuals, including a National Registration Department officer on suspicion of being involved in the illegal issuance and sale of Malaysian birth certificates and identity cards.

Mohd Azis said the ministry is looking at ways to enhance and improve the standard operating procedure of the system.

Other measures included increasing the frequency of surprise inspections and level of security, he added.