PETALING JAYA: The National Registration Department (NRD) is still in the midst of studying the best mechanism to implement the proposed DNA databank, which will be part of the information included in future birth certificates.
The NRD said a thorough study was needed as setting up the databank would also involve other relevant agencies such as the Health Ministry and Chemistry Department.
"The involvement of other agencies is crucial as various legal and policy aspects must be considered before a decision is made to set up the databank.
"As mentioned before, the databank is part of our long-term plan to improve the department's SOP," the NRD said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 24).
On the cessation of late birth registrations at state NRD offices, it said applications could still be made at any NRD branch.
"However, the decision to approve an application will be made by a special panel in Putrajaya instead of at the state level.
"The same process will be used for late MyKad applications," the department said, adding that the panel will be chaired by the NRD director-general.
The NRD also guaranteed the new application method would not burden the people, especially those in rural areas who face logistical problems getting to NRD offices.
"The changes to the SOP for late births and MyKad registrations are needed to ensure that the process is conducted transparently and with integrity to prevent any abuse of power.
"The department is committed to implementing the improvements to its SOP to prevent any more wrongdoing," it said.
Those who require more information can go to any NRD office or visit the official website at www.jpn.gov.my. The NRD's corporate communication unit can also be reached at 03-8880 7077/7067/7069/8206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was reported that setting up a DNA databank and upgrading security levels for NRD staff are among the measures to be put in place after it was rocked by the recent scandal involving illegal sales of birth certificates and identity cards.
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had said the DNA databank was proposed as part of a move to improve the NRD's delivery system and SOP.
Such a move, he added, was meant to plug leakages following the revelation of a syndicate selling MyKads and birth certificates to foreigners.