KOTA KINABALU: Rural folks in the state are being coached on the importance of registering new births and deaths and are urged to not take the matter lightly.
State National Registration Department senior assistant director of operations Abdon Nasir Ambikin said these details were vital for identification and security as well as for schooling and hospitalisation.
“To help those with difficulty in getting these documents done we have been conducting an ongoing mobile registration programme, ” he said.
He said the directive of the programme is to assist villagers in applying for birth certificates and MyKad.
Abdon noted that some groups had trouble getting to the city to have their documents done.
Over the past years, and since the start of this mobile programme, he said the department had managed to solve various cases such as the failure to register a birth or Mykad due to broken families, and locals trying to register their foster or adoptive children.
Abdon added that for such cases, the process would take longer as they would need to interview various people including community leaders to gather evidence on the relation between parent and child.
This programme has been ongoing, under various names, for over two decades.