PUTRAJAYA - The MyKad is a document of "high quality" which cannot be cloned, says National Registration Department (NRD) director-general Datuk Jariah Mohd Said.
She said MyKad could only be tampered with by changing the photo and details on the surface of the original card, but not the information and security features embedded in the card or chip.
"Since 2010, we have conducted 804 operations and brought 818 charges relating to the act of falsifying identity cards to court.
"All those found guilty have been sentenced to imprisonment of between two and 24 months and have been fined from RM3,000 (S$1,182) to RM10,000," she said at a press conference here yesterday.
Jariah's assurance on the safety measures of MyKad was in response to the killing of a bank officer last week by a security guard, a foreign national said to have been hired using a fake MyKad.
She said NRD had formed a special team to check on premises with security guards to determine the authenticity of their MyKad under an operation codenamed Ops ID.
The nationwide operation commenced yesterday in Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur and across Selangor where 60 per cent of the 282 guards who were inspected had been reported to be replacement staff.
Among them were two Filipino nationals found to be in possession of MyKad belonging to another person, Jariah said.
"The two have been charged in a Sepang court and were sentenced to six months in jail.
"We also found other foreign nationals who had abused their social visit pass by taking up jobs as security guards," she said.
She added that Ops ID would be carried out periodically at locations where security guard services were prevalent, including neighbourhoods, shopping malls and banks.