MyKad for travel to Sabah, Sarawak proposed

  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Dec 2003

PETALING JAYA: The Government will consider allowing MyKad owners from Peninsular Malaysia to use the document when travelling to Sabah and Sarawak. 

The proposal was still being discussed, said National Registration Department (NRD) director-general Datuk Wan Ibrahim Wan Ahmad. 

Presently, Peninsular Malaysians have to use their passports to travel to Sabah and Sarawak. They are also required to fill in a domestic travel document for record purposes. 

On the date to accept MyKad for travel to Brunei and other Asean countries, Wan Ibrahim said the authorities were still working on the details and no date had been set. 

The authorities were in the midst of getting the necessary readers to facilitate the use of MyKad in Brunei, he told reporters at NRD's Hari Raya open house yesterday. 

Asked if a person required an international passport before applying for MyKad, Wan Ibrahim said this was not necessary but the MyKad holder could have limited time when he travels to a neighbouring country. 

He said holders of the 32KB smart card now were not required to upgrade to the 64KB card, as both cards were able to store passport details. 

Zainal Abidin said up to Wednesday, over 4.7 million cards equipped with the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) had been issued since November last year. 

MyKad, introduced in 2001, has seven applications – identity card, driving licence, international passport details, health information, e-cash and automated-teller machine services, Touch 'n Go service and PKI. 

First-timers applying for the smartcard will be able to get it for free until December 2005. 

MyKad can be upgraded with a 64KB microchip to equip it with the PKI feature, a security system that protects one’s information.  

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