The move by the National Registration Department (NRD) to exclude judges from the mobile court in its three-day birth certificate and identity card registration exercise for locals in Tungku, Lahad Datu has come under question.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat Sabah leader, Dr Chong Eng Leong reiterated that late registration of birth particulars supported by Statutory Declaration and subsequent issuance of the “late birth certificate” not verified by a Magistrate is not admissible as evidence in any court and such unverified late birth certificate is not a legal document.
He said this was in accordance to the CAP 123 of Laws of Sabah (North Borneo) Registration of Births and Deaths Ordinance 1953.
“So, why did NRD leave out the judges in this exercise? Are they oblivious to the fact that issuance of IC based on unverified late birth certificate is an illegal act?,” he asked here Monday.
Silam MP Salleh Kalbi had said that the exercise was to enable people living in rural areas to register, especially parents of children without birth certificates or identity cards.
The exercise would also be monitored by the Immigration Department, Rela and police but there was no mention of the Mobile Court officers.
“I have spoken to the officials from the Mobile Courts and they told me that they never get any invitation from the NRD to join in such exercises,” he said.
AK : Come on lah UMNO Sabah & NRD, follow by the book, u make Barisan drop its water face. Jangan kelam kabut mau register pengundi. Tatap manang punya.