Musa blasts NRD for constant MyKad religious status errors

OLIVIA MIWIL


KOTA KINABALU: The National Registration Department should rectify its weaknesses in the issuance of MyKads immediately.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said this today, stressing in particular on the fact that there has been one too many cases where the department have made mistakes with applicants’ religious classification.

He added that the state government upheld religious freedoms and viewed this issue seriously as it could jeopardise the peace and harmony among people with different faiths in Sabah.

“It looks like an administrative problem. Nonetheless, I want the problem to be rectified in a speedy manner by the relevant authorities.

“Certain quarters should not be so quick to state that the government has allowed religious radicalism to go unchecked for far too long, and that the government supports religious intolerance and corruption as well as criminal activities like abduction,” he said in a statement.

Musa added that he wants a full report from the department on the extent of the problem and measures put in place to prevent such mistakes from happening.

He also said that it was highly irresponsible for the public to make accusations, especially when it comes from religious quarters, as this could fan religious dissonance among the diverse communities.

He clarified, contrary to accusations, the state government have allocated millions to churches and missionary schools as well as Chinese vernacular schools and temples.