KOTA KINABALU: Errors over the religious status of non-Muslims in their identity cards must be corrected to prevent any serious consequences, says the leader of Sabah’s Catholic church.
Archbishop John Wong said the mistakes occurred usually among natives who had the word “bin” or “binti” in their names. (The words respectively denote “the son of” or “daughter of” the biological father).
Wong said there appeared to be some confusion within the National Registration Department (NRD), with some staff assuming these words in the names automatically categorised the bearer as Muslims.
“The authorities must address the issue and take every effort to rectify the errors,” he said at a mamangkis event (a gathering of Christian groups) in Papar, about 25km from here, yesterday.
Responding to the matter, the NRD office here said the wrong religious status in identity cards could be rectified.
Sabah NRD director Ismail Ahmad said the errors were “technical glitches”.