Fingerprint scanners to detect fake ICs soon

PETALING JAYA - Fingerprint scanners that are linked to the National Registration Department database may soon be commercially available to ferret out job applicants with fake identification cards (ICs), said the president of Asian Professional Security Association of Malaysia (APSA) Datuk Seri Mustapa Ali.

"Employers at security firms make the common error of assuming that applicants have genuine ICs," he said during a media event held on Friday at Holiday Villa Subang here.

According to Mustapa, unless employers go that extra mile to verify the authenticity of the documents, there is no way of determining whether ICs presented by applicants are genuine.

"The device will verify the card holder's identity on the spot, preventing employers from hiring dubious applicants," said Mustapa.

AmBank bank officer Norazita Abu Talib was shot dead in Subang Jaya on Oct 23 by a security guard who allegedly had a fake IC.

On Oct 31, a security guard, also believed to be in possession of a fake IC held store employees at gunpoint before taking off with some jewellery in Setapak.

The two separate incidents had sparked an outrage among Netizens on Facebook, including crime awareness group, Malaysians Against Rape, Assault and Snatch.

"Currently, 200,000 security guards are employed by 700 firms around Malaysia with 30,000 of them estimated to be foreigners," said Mustapa, who added that the current price for fingerprint scanners, at about RM5,000 (S$19,60) per unit, may be discouraging security providers from investing in them.

With the implementation of fingerprinting technology, APSA will also, in theory, be able to blacklist companies found guilty of hiring guards with fake ICs.