NRD To Issue New MyKad Starting January 2012, Says Hishammuddin

(Bernama) The National Registration Department (NRD) will introduce a new MyKad with state-of-the-art security features starting January next year, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.

Hishammuddin said the new MyKad would have enhanced security features, especially the chip, which will have tamper-proof elements to prevent falsification, an issue raised by some.

“The Mykad with new structure which is of a higher quality will meet the security requirement and will be suitable for changes in time, situation and future challenges,” he told reporters here today after launching the new MyKad structure here today.

Hishammuddin said the new MyKad with a polycarbonate body, uses laser cutting technology on its surface and chips tested by SIRIM and recognised semi-conductor laboratories.

“New applicants will issued the new Mykad while current holders of Mykad can change their old card for a new one.

Hishammuddin who is also the Semberong Member of Parliament added that the NRD would also continue its Outreach Programme using mobile NRD services to identify Malaysian citizens who do not have Mykad, especially those staying in remote areas.