Positive identification: Joseph Entulu (centre) and Mahmood Adam holding up an example of the new ID card during the launch in Putrajaya. — Bernama
PUTRAJAYA: The Government has launched a high-security identification card for all civil servants to check impersonation and forging of the identification documents of government employees.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, in launching the card here yesterday, said that besides containing personal details and record of the employee, the card used forensic ID technology to prevent theft and forging of the identity by irresponsible people. Joseph said the ID cards used by government employees now differed from ministry to ministry and agency to agency.
“At the moment, there is no proper control over the issuing of identity cards and documents for public employees, and the cards can be easily printed. There is no special agency to monitor the issuing of the cards.
“The security features used are of low quality and can be easily duplicated. This makes it difficult to recognise and validate the identity of an employee, and can lead to forging of the cards or documents,” he said.
Joseph said the card was now used by the 650 staff of the PSC, and would be extended to the staff of ministries and other agencies in stages depending on their readiness to introduce it.
He said it cost RM15 to produce one of these cards, which would take about 30 minutes.
He said the card, developed jointly by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and S5 Systems Berhad, contained 35 security features and used the NexCode, Contactless Chip and Biometric technologies to detect the identity of an individual.
“The cards have the potential for application in business and banking transactions in the future, and also in securing privileges accorded to public employees such as discounts for hotel accommodation”, he said.
PSC chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam also attended the launch. — Bernama