KLUANG – Parents who failed to register their children within 60 days after their birth will now be fined RM1,000 compared to only RM50 previously.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the implementation of the fine will be imposed with immediate effect, was not a revenue collection but to compel parents to register their child’s birth within the prescribed period.
“The government has made the decision (to increase the penalties) after the amendments on the Births and Deaths Registration and Adoption Act (Act 299) was approved and passed by the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) last year, which also stipulates that all births must be registered within 60 days, including illegitimate babies.
“This is to ensure and encourage parents to register their children as soon as possible. If they register the birth late, they will have to pay the RM1,000 fine.
“Parents should not take the matter lightly as it pertains their children’s identity,” he told reporters after opening the new Simpang Renggam National Registration Department (NRD) branch office in Taman Indah yesterday.
In August, the government enforced the extension period for late birth registration from 42 days to 60 days, to provide more time for single parents or single mothers to complete their confinement period before registering their newborn.
Also present was the NRD Director of Johor Rokiah Hanum Ibrahim.
“There is no reason for parents to register the birth of their children late in the Peninsular of Malaysia because they have good facilities in terms of communication, transportation and close proximity to NRD offices.
However, it may be different for parents in Sabah and Sarawak. They may face problems in terms of distance and location of NRD offices which could be far from their residential areas (especially in rural areas),” said Nur Jazlan.
Meanwhile, the government had allocated a 30-day period for applicants of identification cards who have yet to claim their identification documents at the NRD offices to do so, failing which, the documents would be disposed.
He added that based on NRD records, 106,000 identification cards have yet to be claimed by their owners for the last three years. -MalaysiaGazette