MyKad for online dealings

  • Nation
  • Friday, 14 Feb 2003

CYBERJAYA: Yet another MyKad feature was launched yesterday, paving the way for secure online transactions. 

The Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) feature was launched by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Samsudin Othman. 

The PKI feature brings the total number of applications available on MyKad to eight. 

Before this, MyKad had features like Touch N Go, MEPS Cash, driving licence and passport information, among others. 

Samsudin said the PKI application would enable widespread secure online transaction.  

“We recognise the fact that a lot of transactions, governmental or otherwise are being carried out over the Internet. 

“Therefore, security has become a very important issue,” he said. 

Samsudin said the digital signature feature in PKI was a legal proof that one had carried out a transaction. 

“The government has spent RM7.7mil to develop the PKI application for MyKad. 

“Until today, 605,614 MyKads with PKI application have been issued,” he added. 

The PKI application was developed by the National Registration Department in collaboration with GPMC Corporation Sdn Bhd, DigiCert Sdn Bhd, MSC Sdn Bhd with iVest and Anjung Mimos as agents. 

DigiCert Sdn Bhd’s CEO Noor Azli Othman said only a 64K card is capable of storing the PKI information. 

Those holding old identity cards can change theirs for a MyKad for free but existing MyKad holders who have a 32K card will have to pay RM20 to upgrade to a 64K card.  

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