MANJUNG: THE National Registration Department (NRD) is compiling details of all security companies before making it mandatory for them to confirm the authenticity of their employees' MyKad to deter abuse.
Director-general Datuk Jariah Mohd Said said the more than 600 security companies in the country would be required to bring their workers to the department to have their documents checked.
"The workers will have their thumbprints or biometric details verified at the department," she said after launching the Cetakan Teragih (Pantas) MyKad process at the NRD office here yesterday.
Jariah said a security firm had recently brought its guards to the NRD to have their particulars checked.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had instructed the department to confirm the authenticity of the MyKad of all personnel employed by security firms to ensure they did not use fake identities to gain employment.
The order came in light of the fatal shooting of AmBank officer Norazita Abu Talib, 37, on Oct 23 by a rogue guard, who was later found to have used a fake MyKad to gain employment.
The government also planned to introduce the Foreign Workers Centralised Management System to ensure that every foreign worker carried a biometric card for instant verification.
Barcodes embedded in the cards, expected to be issued by the end of this year, could even be read by enforcement officers using smart phones.
Jariah said the department had inspected 188 premises and checked 505 MyKad since the launch of Ops ID on Oct 29 to detect fakes.
The department, she said, had also tightened procedures on the issuance of replacement identity cards to check the problem of MyKad falling into the wrong hands.
On the Cetakan Teragih (Pantas) MyKad, Jariah said the NRD office here was the seventh branch to offer such a service.
With the new system, she said a MyKad would be ready in a day compared with the previous waiting period of 10 days.
In Petaling Jaya, 20 security guards from the Philippines were jailed six months yesterday after they pleaded guilty to committing identity card- related offences.
The accused, aged between 19 and 44, were charged at two magistrate's courts here yesterday afternoon.
The first group, comprising seven men and three women, were jointly charged before magistrate Mohd Nazri Omran for using fake Mykad.
The second group, also made up of seven men and three women, was charged for using Mykad belonging to others before magistrate K.B. Elena Hong Tze Lan.
The accused did not contest the charges for the offences committed at a flat in Jalan SS 3/39, Sungei Way here, around 2.30am yesterday.
NRD prosecuting officer Zubaidah Zahol Ahmad prosecuted while none of the accused were represented.