MALACCA: MyKad applicants will be given three reminders after being notified to collect their cards, National Registration Department (NRD) director-general Datuk Azizan Ayob said.
He said the first reminder for uncollected cards would be sent three months from the time the cards were ready.
A second reminder would be issued at the fourth month while a third at the fifth month, he told a press conference here yesterday.
The public could also check the status of their cards via the Internet at www.jpn.gov.my or call the department at 03-7956 3063/2941 and 03-7968 3454.
MyKad, he said, would be kept for 18 months awaiting claim or the cards would be destroyed in the subsequent six months.
“It is important for the public to change their existing identification card into MyKad,” said Azizan.
He said in the years ahead, most agencies would no longer recognise the old identity card, adding that by year 2005, the number of MyKad holders would increase to 15 million.
Applicants will be fined RM200 if they apply for MyKad after 2005.
“To cope with the average of 20,000 MyKad applications a day, NRD will increase the number of counters in its branches nationwide,” he said.
“The counters will be opened even during lunchtime probably in the weeks to come for the public to claim their cards.
“We have also increased the work force by 93 more staff nationwide to improve efficiency,” said Azizan.
Azizan added that NRD would consider using short message service (SMS) for those who had mobile phones to enable them to check if their cards were ready.
For further details, e-mail Azizan at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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