Video of bald passport applicant goes viral


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Jun 2019

PETALING JAYA: A man’s experience of having his passport picture taken at an Immigration Department office had netizens in stitches when a video of Immigration officers blocking the glare from his shiny bald head went viral.

In the video, two Immigration officers at UTC Melaka can be seen holding black cardboards and adjusting positions to reduce the glare reflected off Muhammad Faridudin Zulkapar’s bald head as his photo is being taken.

Muhammad Faridudin was applying for a passport last Saturday for the first time and the video was recorded and uploaded by his friends who were with him.

“I applied for a passport because I plan to go for a holiday at the end of this year with my friends,” said the 25-year-old, who preferred to be called Farid.

Farid, who decided to go bald after experiencing hair loss in November last year, said he did not expect the video to go viral.

“It’s both funny and embarrassing. It’s all right as I received my passport,” said Farid, who obtained his passport within an hour of applying.

He said his friends started calling him “abang botak” after the video went viral but that he was okay with the new nickname.

Immigration Department’s Passport and Security Division director Datuk Mohd Zulfikar Ahmad explained that lighting had

to be reduced when taking passport photos

of applicants who are bald or have grey

hair.

“For such cases, the flash for the fixed lens camera or light above the head should be avoided to decrease glare,” he said.

Mohd Zulfikar said that light-blocking methods depended on the creativity of each immigration office.

“Officers at the UTC Melaka immigration office have been using their method since 2016. They use black cardboards attached to PVC pipes.

“When there is an overly bright picture, the officers will place the black cardboards over the applicant’s heads.

“The phrase that they use is ‘tolong payungkan’,” he said.

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