Sarawak, Sabah exempted from RM1,000 penalty for late birth registration

Deputy Home Minister and Sri Aman MP Datuk Masir Kujat.

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KUCHING: Deputy Home Minister Datuk Masir Kujat said the new penalty imposed for late birth registration will not affect Sarawak and Sabah.

He said the amendments to the Births and Deaths Registration and Adoption Act (Act 299) would not affect Sarawak and Sabah.

“Sarawak and Sabah are not bound by the Amendments of the Act. Sarawak and Sabah maintain their current situations in terms of registration of births and deaths.

“The amendments on the Act only affect Peninsular Malaysia because it has a good system of infrastructure,” said Masir who is Sri Aman MP when contacted today.

He said this with no uncertainty because he had met up with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (who is also Home Minister) over the issue.

Masir was responding to the announcement by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, saying that parents who fail to register their children within 60 days after their birth will be fined RM1,000.

The fine for late registration was RM50 previously.

Meanwhile, Masir said the two-year Rural Community National Registration Programme carried out by National Registration Department Mobile Unit will end in December this year.

“This programme will end this coming December and whether it will be continued depends on funding and needs.

“Recently, we received a letter addressing the lack of registration documents among the Penan community. I brought this up with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister yesterday during a meeting.”

He said there are about 16,000 nomadic Penan in Sarawak and among them, 2,000 have yet to be registered.

“They are nomadic. There is one here, two there without registration documents. Our challenge is how to assemble them and do the registration for them,” said Masir.