KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 — The increased fine of RM1,000 for delays in registering new births is only applicable to peninsular states, clarified Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
For Sabah and Sarawak, he said the Births and Deaths Registration Ordinance 1951 (CAP 123 for Sabah and CAP 10 for Sarawak) will be used instead.
The Births and Deaths Registration and Adoption Act (Act 299) will consequently not be applied to the two Borneo states, he explained.
However, he reminded parents of the importance of registering their babies in the two-month time period to avoid complications.
“This matter (registering babies) is important. An example of a complication that could arise from this is the immunisation and vaccination jabs for babies in the first six months,” he was quoted as saying in Berita Harian.
“Parents cannot take this lightly and that is why the ministry has to make a stand as such,” he added.
According to reports, the fine was raised from RM50 to RM1,000 for parents who fail to register their children’s’ births within 60 days and took effect on Tuesday.
Nur Jazlan said the measure was not to raise revenue, but to compel parents to register their children promptly and avoid future issues such as documentation problems leading to statelessness.