Fake news: Govt not removing religious status from IC, says Home Ministry

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Home Ministry has refuted the claims in a viral video on social media that says the status of a person's religion in MyKad will be abolished.

The ministry described the information, circulated via Whatsaopp, as "fake news" and that it came to its attention on Saturday (Jan 18).

"There are no plans to thoroughly research the possibility of doing away with the religion's status in identification cards.

"Recording religious status in identification cards comes under the purview of the National Registration Department through the National Registration Regulations (PPPN) 1990," the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 21).

Moreover, recording details on Islam on the front of the identification card is in line with Regulations 5(2) of the PPPN, the ministry added.

"For other religions, the information is stored inside the identification card's chip.

"Such actions are in line with the Federal Constitution, which states that Islam is the religion of the Federation but other religions can be practised freely and peacefully," the ministry said.

The religious status for Muslims is one of the important elements that assists in the implementation of Article 11(4) of the Constitution, as well as Syariah laws, it added.

"We advise the public not to spread unverified news or information as it might cause uneasiness among the people, as well as disrupt public order," it added.

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