Fine may go up for MyKad loss

KOTA BARU: The Government is planning to get tough with people who lose their MyKad. And the reason is because some two million MyKad has been reported lost since 2001. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho said the ministry was considering raising the compound fine because the number reported lost had been going up over the years. He did not, however, disclose the proposed increase. Currently, the fine ranges from RM10 to RM100. The Government, he said, had taken much effort to produce the cards and Malaysians should not take them for granted. Tan also said that by the end of the year, Malaysians could use the MyKad to enter Brunei, as an agreement had been reached on the matter.

Currently, Brunei allows Malaysians to use the frequent travellers card to enter the country instead of the international passport. The use of the card poses fewer problems and implementation is smooth. And when the MyKad scanning machine is installed, it will be easier to enter and leave Brunei. The ministry has also held several discussions to implement a similar concept with Thailand and Indonesia, as many Malaysians frequently travel to these countries, Tan said after opening the Gee Hiap Thong Chinese Temple at Wakaf Baru here yesterday. On Singapores refusal to allow Malaysians to use the MyKad to enter the country, Tan said the ministry would continue discussions with the republic to find the best solution to the problem.