Woman used dead daughter’s info to get MyKad for foreigner

KOTA KINABALU: A woman has been jailed three years for using her deceased daughter’s identification information to help a foreigner get a Malaysian identity card 10 years ago.

Sitti Jalminah Biddarin, 56, from Kampung Bubul Laut Semporna, was charged with providing false information at the district National Registration Department (NRD) to help a girl (now 22) register for a MyKad.

She pleaded guilty to the charge read before Semporna magistrate Don Stiwin Malanjum on Thursday.

According to the fact sheet, Sitti Jalminah’s husband had lodged a report on May 5, 2021, as he suspected that she had given false documents to help someone apply for the Malaysian identification card using their deceased daughter’s details at around 11.23am on Dec 15, 2014.

She had given information to NRD to being the birth mother to one Norwatim Budlain for the latter to get her identification document.

It was later found that Norwatim, who is Sitti Jalminah’s daughter, had died when she was six months’ old and her death was never reported.

The person posing as the deceased was actually another person named Musfirah Kahar.

In pleading for leniency, Sitti Jalminah said this was her first offence and she had no intention of repeating the mistake and that she had done so out of pity for Musfirah.

Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Fariza Abdullah urged for a stern penalty to be imposed to act as a deterrent and lesson to others.

She said this was a matter of national security that should not be taken lightly.

The court ordered that Sitti Jalminah be sentenced to three years’ imprisonment from the date of her arrest on May 15.

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