GEORGE TOWN – The political secretary to the chief minister, Teh Lai Heng today urged the police to investigate the mastermind behind the proliferation of a photograph of (Chief Minister) Chow Kon Yeow containing fake and libellous information on the issuance of the identity card (MyKad).
Teh said that the Chief Minister and state government had never at any time directed any quarter to issue MyKad to any individual, what more to non-citizens.
He said that the statement was libelous to the chief minister and the state government and aimed at tarnishing the image and reputation of innocent quarters.
‘‘The chief minister and state government clearly respect the Federal Constitution whereby the business of citizenship is clearly under the jurisdiction of the federal government,’’ he told reporters after lodging a police report at the North East district police headquarters here today.
He hoped that the police could investigate further so that the quarters responsible for disseminating the statement could be appropriately punished under the law.
Teh, who is also Komtar State Assemblyman, said that the statement contained Chow’s photograph with the declaration, ‘‘The Chief Minister and the Penang state government have absolute power to award the MyKad to individuals who are not citizens and outsiders are urged not to interfere in the business of the state government’’.
He said the spread of the false statement via the WhatsApp application had started yesterday.
Earlier, State Government Information Division communications director, Yap Lee Ying also stressed that the Federal Constitution had provided that the business of citizenship was under the federal government.
‘‘As such, on behalf of the chief minister, I wish to categorically deny the slander of the irresponsible parties which is clearly aimed at tarnishing the image and reputation of the chief minister and state government,’’ she added.
Special task force to investigate MyKad syndicate
A SPECIAL task force has been set up to investigate the issuance and sale of Malaysian identity cards (MyKad) and birth certificates to foreign nationals.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Huzir Mohamed confirmed the matter today.
He said the task force would comprise police, National Registration Department and Immigration Department personnel.
“The setting up of the task force was approved by the Home Affairs Ministry’s secretary-general, Alwi Ibrahim. The agencies involved will work together to combat the syndicate,” he said.
Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said several more Penang NRD personnel would be detained to facilitate investigations into the case.
On September 11, 20 individuals, including a NRD officer, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the illegal issuance and sale of Malaysian birth certificates and MyKads.
The following day, six men aged between 34 and 66, including a Penang NRD assistant director, were charged in court on 32 counts related to the case.