The department says it has no agents at large to help in MyKad applications.
NRD Director-General Jariah Mohd Said said the department did not have third-party agents to represent it and was therefore not responsible for MyKad applications made outside of its offices.
Responding to reports that a NRD officer was among several people arrested on suspicion of selling fake MyKads to illegal immigrants in Tawau, she said: “The NRD is not responsible for any application transactions for identification cards made by certain individuals outside of NRD offices. Therefore, if any individual offers such services, we seek the public’s cooperation to report it to the authorities.”
She urged applicants to deal directly with NRD at any of its offices, adding that the department did not charge for a first MyKad application if made within 30 days of the applicant’s 12th birthday.
“The process payments for each application is only RM10 as stated under Regulation 6 of the National Registration Regulations 1990 (2007 amendment). There is also no additional payment above that. The maximum compound fine for a lost MyKad is RM300.”
On Saturday, FMT reported that a 52-year-old NRD officer from Putrajaya was among 19 people detained for what Tawau deputy district police chief Supt Keong Ho Eng decribed as “conducting fraud of NRD’s documents”.
The NRD officer is among nine Malaysian men detained. Of the others, eight are Pakistani and one Indonesian. The sole woman among the suspects is a Filipina.
The syndicate was said to have charged between RM1,000 and RM5,000 for a fake MyKad. It is believed that they operated in Lahad Datu and Tawau districts, on Sabah’s east coast.
The group is alleged to have offered MyKad application services to the thousands of poor illegal immigrants who have flooded the state in search of a better life. Police said the applicants were made to believe they were getting Malaysian identification cards legally.
They are believed to be under investigation for cheating, and Keong said there was enough evidence to charge at least three of them.
The arrest came just days after Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak gave the go-ahead for a royal commission to investigate allegations that large numbers of foreigners in the state have been granted citizenship under dubious circumstance and have been found to be voting in elections.