PUTRAJAYA: An identification card with almost similar features to the multi-purpose MyKad will be available for children below 12 years old soon.
The card, called MyKid (short for Malaysia Kad Identiti Diri), will be issued to parents of newborn babies upon request along with the birth certificate.
Launching MyKid at the Home Ministry here yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the card was yet another effort by the Government to promote a paperless e-government and e-community concepts.
“I hope when MyKid is finally available to the public, all government departments and agencies will accept it without hesitation,” he said.
He said MyKid had three applications at the moment, with the National Registration, Education and Health Departments.
Abdullah, who is Home Minister, said a pilot project for MyKid had been conducted by National Registration Department branches in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh where about 12,000 cards had been issued.
He said the next phase, from August to December, would cover the entire West Malaysia, adding MyKid would be available in Sabah and Sarawak next year.
National Registration Department director-general Datuk Azizan Ayob said parents could apply for MyKid for their children though it was not a compulsory document.
“It is to complement the birth certificate. Parents can bring the card to the Education Department, for example, to register their children in the school of their choice,” he said.
Besides a child's personal particulars, Azizan said MyKid could also store information such as disciplinary records, blood type and allergies.
He said MyKid was tamper-proof, safe and convenient but would not have the photograph or thumbprints of the child.
Azizan said the Government did not have any plans to impose an application fee for MyKid for the time being.