KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah National Registration Dept wants the public, especially those in the interior or rural areas, to take birth registrations seriously to avoid complications in future.
Its senior assistant director of operations Abdon Nasir Ambikin said these details were vital for security and identification purposes, as well as for other official matters such as school enrolment, hospitalisation, and so on.
“We are conducting an ongoing mobile registration programme to help those who have trouble getting these documents done," he said on Friday (April 30).
The programme aims to help villagers apply for birth certificates and their MyKad, among other documents.
“This mobile programme is aimed at helping the elderly, disabled, and those living far in the interior, ” Abdon said, adding that this group faces difficulty travelling to the city to get their documents done.
Since the inception of the mobile programme, the department has managed to help solve isolated cases such as failure to register for a birth or Mykad due to broken families, and locals trying to register their foster or adopted children.
He said for such cases, the process would take longer as the department would need to interview various people including community leaders to gather evidence on the relationship between guardian/parent and child.