KUALA LUMPUR: The high number of lost MyKads is one of the reasons why foreigners have managed to get hold of them, with some identification cards being sold to syndicates as well.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the ministry does not deny that there were cards lost due to negligence, which have been misused by foreigners.
"Some of the cards might have been stolen and sold to syndicates by irresponsible parties.
"The number of lost MyKads has been increasing from year to year since 2010. Up to Oct 31 this year, a total of 565,157 went missing," he said when answering a supplementary question from Datuk Dr Makin @ Marcus Mojigoh (BN - Putatan) on Wednesday.
Wan Junaidi said this was a spike from last year when a total of 429,137 cards were lost.
In 2010, about 397,000 cards went missing and the number increased to 413,068 in 2011.
Wan Junaidi said the ministry would undertake drastic measures to overcome the problem of missing MyKads.
"Such measures may have legal implications and this proposal will be finalised immediately after referring to the Attorney-General's Chambers," he said.
Wan Junaidi also denied that the ministry issued citizenship MyKads to foreigners as they were only given to qualified individuals.
On a suggestion by Darell Leiking (PKR - Penampang) to withdraw all MyKads in Sabah and then reissue them to weed out fake documents, the deputy minister said the Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants was formed to solve this problem.
Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamad (BN - Lipis) then suggested enabling companies to use scanners to check the authenticity of MyKads of employees following the alleged shooting of an Ambank officer by a security guard from Sulawesi who had a MyKad.
Wan Junaidi said the ministry had ordered the police to conduct checks on all security guard companies nationwide.
"To date, checks were done for over 100,150 security guards and 283 premises were raided. Only locals and Nepal citizens with military background can work as guards.
"The permits to use and carry firearms are only given to locals," he said.
It was reported that Ambank officer Norazita Abu Talib was allegedly shot dead by a security guard as she was opening a safe in the bank's vault.
The suspect escaped with RM450,000 in cash.