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Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman speaks to reporters at the Parliament lobby in Kuala Lumpur. - NSTP/Aswadi Alias.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Affairs Ministry has cancelled all the MyKad that were sold to Chinese nationals in Penang recently, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman said similar action will be also taken against any illegal MyKad sale cases detected by the authorities.

“If the National Registration Department (NRD) finds any MyKad being issued the wrong way, it will be cancelled without compromise. Anyone found to be involved in this activity will be subjected to severe acts of impunity.

“The ministry has given full authority to the police to conduct a thorough investigation so that those involved can be prosecuted.” he said.

Mohd Azis was responding to a supplementary question by Datuk Mohd Nizar Zakaria (BN-Parit) who wanted to know whether the government has cancelled the seized MyKad from the Chinese nationals in Penang recently.

Prior to this, an assistant director at the Penang NRD has been detained for involvement in a syndicate specialising in selling MyKad and birth certificates to foreigners in the state.

Several staff and officials of a government department in Penang and Putrajaya were also arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) to assist police investigation.

Meanwhile, Mohd Azis said NRD has received 81,133 applications for citizenship from 2014 to Sept 30, 2019.

Of the total, 13,151 applications were approved, 57,236 applications still being processed and 10,746 have been rejected, he said in reply to Kasthuriraani Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) who wanted to know the number of applications for citizenship received by the government.​​

During the same period, Mohd Azis said a total of 264,192 Malaysian permanent resident status (MyPR) holders were recorded by the NRD, with Indonesians topping the list at 135,701 people, followed by Indian nationals (10,283) and Filipinos (38,131). -- Bernama

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