KLUANG: Several state-of-the-art security features in the new MyKad will help address some problems with the existing cards, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said the National Registration Department would issue the new MyKads beginning January.
The advantage of the new MyKad was that it was made of polycarbonate, which was more durable than the old cards, he said.
“The new MyKad has several security features such as the use of laser technology to imprint the applicant’s information and face on the card itself.
“The chip on the new MyKad, which is tested and approved by Sirim, is not easily damaged,” Hishammuddin told reporters after launching the new card at the department’s branch here yesterday.
“The security features will help to detect fake MyKads as well,” he said.
He added that the priority for new MyKads would be for first-time applicants and those with damaged cards.
The new cards would take only a day to process, he added.
“Only the department’s offices in Malacca, Kuching and Kluang will process the new MyKad and if the ministry receives good response, we shall [NOT will]implement it nationwide in stages,” he said.