PETALING JAYA - Starting Thursday, Malaysians will pay higher fees and face greater government scrutiny should they lose ICs more than once.
Home Ministry deputy secretary-general (security policy) Datuk Seri Adenan Ab Rahman said the RM100 (S$33.75) fee for a first time loss remained the same. But those losing their ICs a second time will have to pay RM300 instead of RM200 previously. A third and every subsequent loss will incur a fee of RM1,000 instead of just RM300 before.
Those replacing lost ICs for the first time can still go straight to the National Registration Department counters. But any subsequent loss will require a police report.
"Applications to replace a third and any subsequent loss will also be investigated first before a replacement IC is issued," he said.
All applicants will be issued with temporary ICs before replacements are issued. Adenan said the new ruling would not take into account the history of previous loss of ICs.
Exceptions will be made for Malaysians under 18, the disabled, the poor, senior citizens (above 60), and victims of disaster or crime such as thefts.