JPN records 159,000 unclaimed identity cards

Mohd-Yazid-Ramli-mykadPEKAN: The National Registration Department (JPN) recorded a total of 159,000 identity cards (MyKad) which have yet to be claimed by the owners with some of the cards issued over two years ago.

JPN director-general Mohd Yazid Ramli said the main reason for the problem had yet to be ascertained, but he did not rule out the possibility that this was due to the attitude of the owners themselves who took lightly the question of ownership of the document.

“What I can say is that everything depends on the attitude of the individuals themselves as to whether they treat the importance of the document lightly or otherwise,” he told a press conference after the official opening of the MyKad Distributed Printing Hub for Pahang at the Pekan JPN here today.

At the event, Mohd Yazid handed over identity cards to five recipients who had applied for the card at the Pekan JPN.

Mohd Yazid said individuals who failed to collect their identity cards could be fined a maximum of RM40, adding that the department was studying the implementation of stricter measures to prevent the matter from continuing.

“This is done so that members of the public will be more concerned about the importance of claiming the identity cards which are ready for collection,” he said.

He said 55 JPN offices nationwide had been supplied with printing machines through the Mykad Distributed Printing project to print applications for cards received at the departments concerned.