KUDAT: National Registration Department (NRD) director-general Mohammad Razin Abdullah has refuted claims by some quarters on issuing of identity cards or birth certificates to illegal immigrants in Sabah by the department.
He said the issuing of an identity card or birth certificate was based on the nationality of the parents and children born in this country.
“If the child’s parents are not Malaysian citizens, we cannot issue a birth certificate for that child as stipulated in the Federal Constitution.
“If there are allegations that we are issuing personal identity documents to illegals, these are not true but mere slander.
“All the relevant documents are issued by the NRD in accordance with set processes and procedures,” he told reporters after a visit to the Kudat NRD office here today.
He was responding to allegations that have gone viral on social media that the government was issuing personal identity documents to illegals in Sabah.
On the issuing of fake identity cards, claimed to occur in Sabah following the arrest of a Filipino man using a fake IC when applying for a job in a company at the Kampung Acheh Industrial Area in Sitiawan, Perak, last month, Razin said it was the work of irresponsible parties.
“Fake identity cards are easily identified by NRD officers as they are not the same as the genuine ones issued by the NRD,” he added.
Meanwhile, Razin said the Sabah NRD would continue implementing the mobile programme, specifically for those in remote areas who find it difficult to get to the NRD office.
“We want to ensure that those eligible to obtain a birth certificate or identity card, wherever they are, can be reached by our officers to enable them to acquire personal identity documents,” he said.