Rapid processing possible due to availability of printing facility, says deputy home minister
KUCHING: Identification cards for children below 12 years old, known as MyKid, can now be processed within one hour of application at the state National Registration Department (JPNS) here.
According to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong, this is made possible due to availability of the printing facility here.
“It will be implemented stage by stage in other towns in the state. Applications from other areas in the state will still have to be sent to Putrajaya for processing and printing, which will take about 45 days,” he told reporters during his inaugural working visit to JPNS yesterday.
He also said the identification number on a MyKid card, which stores three major applications – birth details, health and education – will be used in all affairs from birth to death.
Lee was given a tour of the JPNS office and its counters.
“I noticed an innovation by JPNS in setting up what is known as the C3 (Call, Come & Collect) Counter. This is an express counter that enables clients to make prior appointment for MyKad collection. They don’t have to queue up for numbers but instead will be entertained at stipulated time of appointment,” he said, pointing out that it was a very good innovation to improve service delivery.
On the improved version of MyKad, Lee said there was no definite deadline for people to change over.
“It is not compulsory. The old MyKad can still be used. The improved version has better security that prevents counterfeit and information theft and is more durable. If people feel like they want the new version, they can apply. If not, what they have currently can still be used,” he said, adding that there was good response to the improved version throughout the country.
Lee was accompanied by JPNS director Datu Abu Bakar Mat during his visit.