PUTRAJAYA: Employers can now check if their job applicants are using genuine or fake documents by using MyKad readers that are now sold at affordable prices.
Many of these devices are already available in the market and buyers can check the list of devices endorsed by the National Registration Depart-ment (NRD) at its website.
An NRD official and several suppliers confirmed to The Star that businesses could purchase these reader devices directly from the suppliers without having to apply to the NRD.
The devices, also known as card acceptance devices, come in several forms, including fingerprint scanners, mobile card readers and key ring readers. Their prices range from as low as RM52 to RM2,800 each, depending on its functionality to match the requirements and needs of a business.
Most of these devices are capable of reading the MyKad, MyKid, or both.
As of yesterday, only four manufacturers were listed on the NRD website as suppliers of specific types of these devices: Iris Corporation Berhad, Tricubes Sdn Bhd, TMT Solutions Sdn Bhd and Yasmin Technology Sdn Bhd.
Concerns over the authenticity of MyKads presented by job applicants arose after two robbery incidents occurred over the span of one week involving security guards with fake MyKads.
The first was the killing of AmBank bank officer Norazita Abu Talib in Subang Jaya on Oct 23 and the other was a robbery at a jewellery store in Setapak on Oct 31.
The two incidents were carried out by their own security guards, both of whom were discovered to have possessed fake MyKads.
Asian Professional Security Association of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Mustapa Ali said that employers at security firms usually made the common error of assuming that applicants carried genuine MyKads.
He urged employers to go the extra mile to verify the authenticity of the identification documents by using the electronic verification devices.