Anxiety over error in IC


  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Oct 2003

BY LEONG SHEN-LI

MALACCA: After courting for more than a year, engineers How Boon Tah, 26, and Wong Lai Kam, 25, were eagerly awaiting their wedding day on Oct 25.  

For the past three months, the two had been busy making preparations and sent more than 500 invitations to their friends and relatives for the three wedding dinners they would be hosting.  

However, joy turned to anxiety as a mistake in How’s identity card number resulted in the couple not being able to get themselves registered. 

“The last digit of my IC number is an even one and they said I could not get registered because only females are assigned even numbers,” How told reporters yesterday. 

ODD IT'S EVEN:How showing his IC in Malacca yesterday.With him is Wong.The couple could notregister for their marriage because the last digit of the IC number is even,which is meant forfemales.

Fortunately, state National Registration Department director Mohamed Khatib Ismail stepped in to rectify the mistake, thus allowing the two to finally get registered. 

How had first faced problems when he went to the Registrar of Marriages here on Sept 15 to collect his registration forms. 

“As both our ICs still had our original addresses, they told us to get them changed. I knew this was a normal procedure and was not worried about it,” the head of production of a local electronics company said. 

However, when he went to the NRD here, he was told that he had to apply for a new card because he had an IC number meant for females.  

“They told me the correction process would take at least two to three months as they had to contact the office in Taiping where my IC was issued. After that, they must contact department headquarters in Petaling Jaya to sort out the problem,” he said. 

Mohamed Khatib said the problem had been rectified and How’s temporary IC could be collected today.  

“I contacted the Perak NRD which has already changed the column for gender in the computer from female to male, so there are no problems,” he said. 

He added that the couple and Durian Daun state assemblyman Betty Chew, whom the two had approached for help, paid him a visit yesterday. 

Mohamed Khatib said his department would issue How a verification letter which would state that he had an old IC, and that the person with the old and new IC numbers were one and the same. 

“He should bring that letter to the Immigration Department, banks and other agencies to get his IC number on all documents changed,” he said.  

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