NRD receives 7,838 applications through outreach programme


  • Nation
  • Monday, 05 Aug 2019

MELAKA: The National Registration Department (NRD) has received 7,838 applications for identification documents including identity cards, birth and citizenship certificates, through its nationwide outreach programme from January to June.

Its director-general Datuk Ruslin Jusoh said of the total, 5,016 applications involved residents in the Peninsular while 2,822 applications were from those in Sabah and Sarawak.

The department, he said, also provided advisory services involving 7,727 cases related to identification documents including new applications and replacement of identity cards, birth and citizenship certificates, during the period.

“The NRD will continue to strengthen our outreach programme for residents who face various constraints in turning up at NRD offices nationwide. Those who have benefited from the programme are the elderly, disabled and orphans as well as those living in remote areas without access to our offices.

“For this year, we are targeting 1,000 such programmes nationwide and to date, 782 visits have been carried out as of June 30,” he told reporters after the “Menyemai Kasih Rakyat (Mekar)” programme here yesterday. Also present were his deputy director-general (operations) Jasri Kasim and Melaka NDR director Norazlee Sulaiman.

Ruslin said among the grassroots programmes implemented by NRD were the mobile community centre, Mobile Ehsan/Jalinan Kasih, joint programme with the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) and other minorities as well as the Mekar programme that showed a positive impact on the people.

He said five states recorded the highest number of applications for identification documents – the Federal Territories at 3,512, followed by Sarawak (2,143), Sabah (679), Selangor (324) and Kelantan (254).

Meanwhile, Ruslin said the same period also recorded 76 offences under Regulation 25 (1) (e) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 for possessing fake identity cards (48 cases) and other people’s identity cards (28 cases) involving two Indonesians and 74 Philippine nationals respectively.

Earlier, Husain Maamin, 85, who had been ill for the past two years due to old age, could not hold back his tears when he received his replacement identity card under the Mobile Ehsan programme, at his home in Kampung Cheng here.

Husain, a Public Works Department pensioner, had to replace his identity card as the chip on the card was damaged and inaccessible, causing him difficulty, especially in trying to obtain the living aid (Bantuan Sara Hidup) for the past three years. — Bernama
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