‘A missing document is a clear and present danger to the internal security of the nation if it has fallen into the hands of the underworld, international terrorist and crime syndicates!’
OVER A MILLION MyKAD MISSING – THIS CARELESS ATTITUDE MUST BE ADDRESSED SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE!
My telephone has not stopped ringing since this morning as journalists from the mainstream media calling me for a response on this public policy initiative!
This was not the first time either!
It is super crazy to acknowledge that 1,076,224 MyKad are reported missing.
And according to the policymakers at the National Registration Department (JPN) this has been the case from 2016 to August this year.
Interestingly, JPN deputy director-general (Operations) Jasri Kasim went on record to state categorically as 820,858 cases of lost MyKad due to the carelessness of the owner, due to criminal cases 242,863, and those lost during national disasters to be about 12,503.
I have repeatedly urged he Malaysian media to run programs of the safeguarding of personal documents.
More so as this can easily turn into an internal security situation with the growing number of undocumented individuals, illegals, sleepers, others who will or may pose a serious threat to the nation.
In this view I support that we need to keep on the table he penalty of losing a MyKad at RM100 for the first time, the second case (RM200) and in the third case, the fine is RM300.
And conducting a comprehensive investigation when they lose it for the third time which raises concerns and suspicions!
And I will go as far as suggesting a serious penal sanction if investigations reveal any criminal element therein.
Like missing passports there must be more care and control by holders of their documents!
A missing document is a clear and present danger to the internal security of the nation if it has fallen into the hands of the underworld, international terrorist and crime syndicates!