Parents must be aware of importance of MyKad for children

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 ― Parents must be aware of the need to ensure their children who turn 12, have identity cards (MyKad).

Federal Territory Registration Department (JPNWPKL) director Norehan Abdullah said many parents were issued with fines for often delaying in applying for MyKad for their children.

“We also urge parents who have children who turned 18, to re-register their MyKad for a replacement.

“MyKad must be guarded like it is part of our life. Just as how we safeguard our passports, we must also do likewise for MyKad as it can be abused by irresponsible parties, if it goes missing,” she said.

She was speaking at the My12 and My18 Outreach Programme, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur level, at Rumah Keluarga Besar Norlina Alawi Berhad here today.

The corporate social responsibility programme which was held for the first time was aimed at divulging information and providing registration service for identity cards for Malaysians, aged 12 and 18, specifically at primary, secondary schools and institutions of higher learning, on a continuous basis.

The programme saw quintuplets, aged 13, who were adopted by Norlina Alawi, 43, registering to apply for MyKad through the “JPNWPKL Mobile Unit”.

They were part of her 32 legitimately-adopted children, aged one year to 20.

Mother-of-seven Norlina said the JPN initiative was praiseworthy as it mirrored concerns for those who found it an arduous task to register for a MyKad.

“As a mother and entrepreneur, I am so overwhelmed because JPN was willing to help my big family and simultaneously, lighten my burden,” she added. ― Bernama