PETALING JAYA: The Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) is urging the relevant authorities to respect the Orang Asli's freedom of religion and solve the issue of "Islam" specified as the religion in the MyKads of those who are non-Muslims.
News portal The Malaysian Insight reported on Monday (July 22) that authorities had added "Islam" to the identity cards of the Temiar Orang Asli in Gerik, Perak without their consent.
The Orang Asli are demanding that this is rectified.
Jakoa director-general Prof Dr Juli Edo (pic) said Jakoa viewed the reports seriously.
"This should not have happened because as Malaysian citizens, the Orang Asli have the right to freedom of religion as enshrined in the Federal Constitution," he said.
He urged the relevant authorities to be mindful during the MyKad registration process and take the initiative to solve the issue and prevent it from repeating in the future.
The National Registration Department is responsible for issuing MyKads.