KANGAR: The public need not rush to obtain MyKad before the year-end as the deadline for the free identity card is Dec 31 2005, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung.
Commenting on the large crowds at several National Registration Department(NRD) offices nationwide, Chor advised the public to plan their applications to avoid congestion.
The sudden rush is insensible as the crowd has clogged up the system, causing computer breakdowns in some NRD branches. There is still ample time to apply for free MyKad, Chor told reporters here.
Applicants are given until end of 2005 to exchange their present identity cards for MyKad free-of-charge.
Apart from being an identity card, MyKad could also be used as a drivers licence, international passport, ATM card, Public Key Infrastructure, e-Cash (MEPS), Touch n Go and to store health information.
To ensure the entire population of 22 million is allocated the cards is no mean feat, so we expect the public to work with us. We also urge the public not to change to MyKad last minute. There must be proper planning.
Asked if the sudden rush was due to the announcement that MyKad could be used as a travel document to enter Brunei, Singapore and Thailand, Chor said the proposal was in its infant stage as there were many technical aspects to be ironed-out between the countries.
He said the proposal was made in the spirit of Asean co-operation but all countries in the region must first work together on having a uniform entry and exit electronic system for travellers before MyKad could be effectively utilised as a travel document.
Chor stressed that passport was still a requirement for Malaysians travelling in the region until member countries sorted out the online arrangements.
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