Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New MyID system for retrieving documents for Malaysians

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians will soon have only “one number for all transactions” as reference and account numbers when dealing with the 760 government departments and agencies nationwide, thanks to the new MyID system.

With it, all government agencies at federal, state and local authority levels will do away with reference or account numbers to identify people and use only MyKad numbers to retrieve their files.

Use of the system is not limited to civilians, as armed forces personnel would also be able to access it with their service identity cards.

Although the system will initially serve only Malaysians, plans are underway to make government services accessible to foreigners as well through their passport numbers.

Speaking during the launch of the MyID system here yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the system would remove the need to carry documents or memorise the account number for each government department or agency that people deal with.

He said it would also help reduce problems arising from lost or misplaced documents, adding that it would shorten queues at government service counters.

“However, agencies offering services that involve security, or deal with matters affecting the nation’s safety, may practise a second level of screening to confirm the client’s identity before the services can be accessed,” he told a press conference after opening the Conference of Public Sector Agency Heads here yesterday.

Muhyiddin commended the agencies that had already implemented the system in just three months of its being announced by the prime minister, and said the other 630 agencies had been directed to implement it as soon as possible.

“It’s a radical change for government services in Malaysia, but this is a step forward as we strive to improve the delivery system as promised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and work to provide faster and easier ways for the public to carry out transactions,” Muhyiddin said.

He added that the implementation of the MyID system and other computer-based applications aimed at improving services to the people were proof of the extraordinary achievements possible if those responsible were willing to think out of the box and explore new ideas.

*Taken from The Star Online

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