KOTA KINABALU – A backlog of over 2,000 citizenship applications in the Kinabatangan native courts indicates that to obtain birth certificates and MyKads are somewhat problematic especially for those who lives in remote area.
This was addressed by Sukau Assemblyman Datuk Saddi Abdul Rahman; that such issue made it difficult for his constituents to access clinics.
Hence, the people can’t register births within the requirement period.
As such he had proposed that amendments be made to the Sabah Birth and Death Registration Ordinance 1951 (Cap 123).
The current procedures need an endorsement from the Magistrate Court for late birth registration.
According to Saddi out of the total 950 are for people applying for late birth certificates, 390 are MyKad applications and some 600 still waiting confirmations from the civil court for their MyKads; while 350 married couples are without marriage certificates.
The procedure and process to issue late birth certificate is time consuming as applicants need to obtain endorsement from the Magistrate court before applying to the National Registration Department (NRD).
He believed that NRD should be given the authority to endorse the applications, adding that any district office in Sabah with a Class Two Magistrate position should also be given the power to endorse on behalf of the court. – SayangSabah