Reports by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, MARTIN CARVALHO, RAHIMY RAHIM & TARRENCE TAN
KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to look into the syndicate selling Malaysian birth certificates and MyKad to foreigners in Penang, says the Home Ministry.
Its deputy minister Datuk Azis Jamman (pic) said this was because the police have been given the full authority to investigate the matter.
"Investigations are ongoing. Several people have been caught and charged in court as well.
"However, the police cannot reveal more details now as investigations are ongoing," he said in reply to Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (BN-Machang) who asked to state if there is a need to change the existing system and operation for the MyKad applications to avoid the selling of these identity cards to foreigners.
Azis said the ministry has blacklisted 11 MyKads believed to be issued by the syndicate involved in the Penang case.
He also said the ministry is looking at ways to enhance and improve the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the system.
The ministry is also looking at ways to increase security by including a DNA databank or biometrics in these documents to avoid them from being misused.
Other measures included giving only a certain number of officers at the National Registration Department access to the system as well as putting the staff on rotation to avoid abuse of power from occurring.
"Over the past 10 years, the NRD has conducted seven operations to curb syndicates selling identities and from that, eight individuals have been charged," he added.
It was reported that six syndicate members, including a man with a Datuk title and a NRD assistant director, were charged in the Sessions Courts in Penang last month.
The police also detained 20 of the syndicate members and six were charged.
The six suspects were slapped with 32 charges in the Sessions Court.
The syndicate reportedly made between RM100,000 and RM600,000 from selling identity cards to foreigners.