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Friday December 30, 2005
Thousands of Malaysians lined up outside its offices in a last minute effort to apply for their MyKad.
With the deadline expiring tomorrow, the crowds came as early as 5am at the Petaling Jaya NRD office and the queue stretched for about a kilometre along Jalan Sultan, while in Penang they were there before 7am.
Despite having three years to do so, these procrastinators jammed up the offices, and in some cases gave the overworked NRD staff a harrowing time.
At the Kepong NRD branch, a group vented their frustration at not being able to get a number for the day by hurling abuses at the officers.
However, the officers kept their cool and advised them to go to other offices where queues were shorter.
In a related development, Public Services Department director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Adam advised the counter staff not to be rude or pull a long face although it was the people's fault.
“Civil servants should understand by now that Malaysians always like to do things at the last minute,” he told reporters in Putrajaya.
Abusive bunch forces Kepong branch to call in cops
A special counter for disabled and elderly
Mad rush to beat the deadline
Neighbours heard cries of children being beaten
RM1mil reward offer for information on Dr M's alleged misdeeds
Body of child found buried in kitchen
‘Wild’ party ends for 51 at popular mall
Money down the drain
Image on Google Street View may be that of missing boy
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