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Tuesday, May 18, 2004


Forged MyKad [aka Malaysia (not so) Smart Kad]

MyKad was first launched in 2001. The new identification card cum digital multipurpose smart card was meant to be a boon to the Malaysian users. It was touted to be secured and tamperproof. But many of the captive potential users had their reservations and apart from using it as an identification card, many did not make use of its other applications like driving licence, international passport, health information and e-cash. These other applications are to this day underutilised for fear of unauthorised access to sensitive information.
This anxiety about the misuse of information contained in these cards have resulted in many not hurrying to change from the old IC to MyKad. The government has insisted that the change must be effected by the end of 2005. Many MyKads are also in the national registration 'pejabats' awaiting collection. This has caused the government to come out with the suggestion of a fine for those who don't collect their MyKads.
Now the anxiety and fears of the people have been realised, recently none other than the Home Affairs Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid has come out to reveal that there are forged or tampered MyKads around. Though he has insisted that the embedded smart chips were clone-proof, these tampered cards carry photographs other than than those of the real card owners. Syndicates are said to have tampered with stolen MyKads and sold them to illegal immigrants for RM6K each. The other revelation made, this time by the polis, is that there are insufficient MyKad detection machines around if forgery of the smartcard by foreigners becomes serious. Certainly a sad state of affairs!


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