No letter was issued on that day and the NRD has lodged a police report over the matter, says its officer.
Anisah Shukry, FMT
A letter purportedly from the National Registration Department (NRD) ordering that all uncollected identification cards (IC) be sent to Sabah is fake, an NRD official said today.
“That letter is a fake. There has never been a procedure to send uncollected ICs anywhere except to the NRD headquarters in Putrajaya,” said NRD’s public relations officer Jainisah Mohd Noor.
“We lodged a police report over the letter at the police station in Putrajaya yesterday,” she told FMT.
Yesterday, PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar told reporters that he had received a “suspicious” letter allegedly signed by NRD director (identification card) division Md Solehan Omar and addressed to NRD’s state and district officers.
The letter, which was dated Dec 14 2012, said the auditor, who was temporarily in Keningau, Sabah would update the cards’ status in the NRD’s system from Sabah before sending the cards back to the NRD headquarters by Dec 31, 2012.
“If the contents of this letter is true, then it is possible that the ICs are sent to Sabah not for termination, but for manipulation,” Mahfuz had said.
“The ICs could be passed onto others, particularly immigrants,” the Pokok Sena MP had further suggested.
However, Jainisah said that division directors in NRD had no power to issue orders or sign letters to state and district officers.
“I’m not sure myself who is truly behind this fake letter, because all orders by NRD are issued and signed by the chief director alone.
“No division directors are given the power to issue such orders,” she stressed.
She also said that the records kept by NRD showed the last letter issued within the department last year was on Dec 10, not Dec 14.
“This order on Dec 14 does not exist,” she said.
Asked what further action would NRD would take over the fake letter, Jainisah said they would wait for the police to investigate.
Explain unclaimed ICs
Meanwhile, FMT’s attempts to get a response from Md Solehan was unsuccessful as officers said he would be in Sabah until Monday.
But in a press conference this morning, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein confirmed Jainisah’s assertion today that the letter was fake.