IPOH: The National Registration Department will consider increasing the penalty imposed on those who fail to collect their MyKad.
Its director-general Datuk Azizan Ayub said the department would submit a proposal to the Government to increase the current fine of RM20 for late collection.
“The amount for the new fine has not been decided. We will also propose that the time period for collection be shortened to push more people to collect their MyKad.
“Presently, applicants in peninsular Malaysia are given an additional six months on top of the usual 12-month period while those in Sabah and Sarawak are given an extra year,” he told reporters after visiting the state registration department at the Federal Building here yesterday.
According to Azizan, the number of uncollected MyKads dating back to early 2001 exceeds 450,000.
The department has issued 4.695 million MyKads as at May 9.
“An average of 400,000 cards are issued monthly nationwide. We are not sure why people are reluctant to collect their MyKad,” he said.
Azizan said the NRD would also look into other ways to encourage people to collect their MyKads, which cost the government RM33 each.
“We may also send out as many as four notices to applicants to tell them their MyKads are ready for collection,” he added.
On the registration department, which is among the busiest in the country, Azizan said he would look into ways to improve the situation.
“We are looking into changing the layout as we find there is more confusion when it is full.
“We will move the collection department to another area within the same floor and also place the computerised number machine at the lobby for people to wait there,” he added.
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