KLUANG - Parents who fail to register their children within 60 days after their birth will be fined RM1,000.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the fine, which would be imposed with immediate effect, was not for purposes of revenue collection but to compel parents to register their children's births within the prescribed period.
The fine for late registration was RM50 previously.
“The Government made a decision (to increase the penalties) after the amendments to the Births and Deaths Registration and Adoption Act (Act 299), approved and passed by the Dewan Rakyat last year, which also stipulate that all births must be registered within 60 days, including for illegitimate babies.
“Parents should not take this lightly as it pertains to their children's identity,” he told reporters after opening the new Simpang Renggam National Registration Department (NRD) branch office in Taman Indah, near here, late Tuesday.
Also present was Johor NRD director Rokiah Hanum Ibrahim.
In August, the Government enforced the extension period for late birth registration from 42 days to 60 days, to provide more time for single parents or single mothers to complete their confinement period before registering their newborn.
“In the peninsula, there is no reason for parents to register the birth of their children late because they have good facilities in terms of communication, transportation and close proximity to NRD offices.
“However, it is different for parents in Sabah and Sarawak who may face problems in terms of distance and location of NRD offices that are far from residential areas (especially in rural areas),” said Nur Jazlan.
Meanwhile, the Government has allocated a 30-day period for applicants of identification cards who have yet to claim their identification documents at the NRD offices, failing which, the documents will be disposed.
He added that based on NRD records, 106,000 identification cards have yet to be claimed by their owners over the last three years.