Tamper-proof birth certs

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman.

THE government is considering a mechanism where newborns have a direct link to their birth certificate, the Dewan Rakyat heard.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman said the mechanism involved the use of DNA encryption and some codes on the birth certificate.

“For example, if a baby dies and the parents do not lodge any report of the death, the birth certificate is considered still active.

“If someone else tries to abuse the birth certificate, we can detect it, ” he said when answering a supplementary from Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi (PAS-Tumpat) during Question Time.

Mohd Azis also said that the police had arrested 1,047 individuals believed to be involved in fake MyKad syndicates and falsifying documents from 2013 until Sept 30 this year.

“During the period, a total of 2,100 operations were conducted against syndicates, those holding false identity cards or owning documents of other individuals.

“Those arrested were charged under the National Registration Regulations 1990, ” he said, adding that the offences were done by irresponsible individuals.

“Full powers were given to the police to investigate and charge those who were found committing such offences, ” he said.

On the abuse of identity cards, including using another person’s or holding fake documents, Mohd Azis said a total of 470 arrests were made between 2017 and Sept 30.

Those arrested included 323 people from the Philippines, Indonesia (106), Malaysia (15), China (nine) and Thailand (four).

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