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PETALING JAYA: The National Registration Department (NRD) has approved the MyKad application of a 12-year-old girl who attempted suicide after being taunted by peers for not having an ID.

Director-general Datuk Jariah Mohd Said said the girl’s application would have been approved last Wednesday if her mother had kept her appointment with the Perak NRD.

The girl had reportedly swallowed about 10ml of bleach at her home in Perak on Saturday after her schoolmates teased her for having her MyKad application rejected two months ago.

Jariah explained that there was a delay because they had to verify the parental link, as both the mother and daughter had different ethnic features.

“The problem would have been resolved last week had the mother gone to the Perak NRD which had by then verified the parental ties.

“We conducted our own investigation and found that the girl was really her daughter and were prepared to process the application.

“But instead of going to NRD the mother went to third parties (to complain),” she said when contacted yesterday.

Jariah, who expressed empathy for the girl, clarified that the department had never dealt directly with the girl and only dealt with her mother.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, commenting on incidents of people losing their Mykad, said those involved must first lodge police reports.

“If the case is genuine and not part of any fraud or syndicate, we will assist them in replacing the document. But if investigations by police and NRD show otherwise, we will take the necessary action,” he told reporters after visiting the Perak police headquarters yesterday.

He was responding to the NRD’s call to impose higher fines for people who repeatedly lose their MyKad

by Sira Habibu

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/11/26/Traumatised-girl-finally-gets-MyKad-Delay-due-to-dept-verifying-parental-links.aspx