PUTRAJAYA: The National Registration Department (NRD) has lodged a police report against a blogger for accusing it of handing out citizenships to illegals.
NRD deputy director-general (operations) Jasri Kasim said the blogger’s Facebook post was not only defamatory towards the department but could also affect racial harmony and spark public unrest.
The posting, dated July 19, by a Facebook user named “Tun Carlos”, was accompanied with photographs of a large group of elderly people taken at the NRD headquarters here.
Also attached to the post is a screenshot of a news article by a Malay newspaper with the heading, “Home Ministry considers citizenship application for 55,000”.
A second posting by the same user on July 21 referred to
the earlier post and had written: “They are China nationals who have been hiding in Pulau Ketam, Selangor.”
Jasri explained that the photos were of a group of people who were brought to NRD by the
MySel Unit from the Selangor state government.
“This is an initiative by MySel to help residents of Pulau Ketam,
who have difficulties to come to NRD for various applications.
“They come to do all sorts of applications, including MyKad, birth certificates and it is not limited to just citizenship matters,” he told reporters outside the Putrajaya police headquarters.
Jasri said other photographs which depicted a huge crowd of people at NRD was only a typical daily setting at the headquarters.
He added that NRD processes citizenship applications of all races, and not just one particular ethnicity in the country.
“Only those who are eligible and fulfil certain requirements are allowed to apply for citizenship. However, awarding citizenship is still subject to the provisions of federal law.
“A citizenship status is the highest award a government can give to a foreigner, and it cannot be handed out arbitrarily,” he said.
Jasri said they would also lodge a report with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on the matter.