Death certificate for deceased haj pilgrims within 24 hours: Zahid
Posted on 1 October 2013 – 06:52pm
Last updated on 1 October 2013 – 07:44pm
PUTRAJAYA (Oct 1, 2013): The National Registration Department (NRD) will issue the death certificate of Malaysian haj pilgrims, who died in the Holy Land, to their next-of-kin in Malaysia within 24 hours.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the fast issuance of the death certificate was a result of the integration between the NRD Death Registration System and the Pilgrims Fund Board (Tabung Haji) Pilgrims Registration System.
"The information about the dead pilgrims will be channelled online in real time to the NRD database at its headquarters," he told a press conference after the declaration of the National Registration Day at the NRD headquarters here today. Also present was NRD director-general Datuk Jariah Mohd Said.
Ahmad Zahid said four Malaysian pilgrims had died in Makkah and Madinah as of Sept 30 and their death certificates had been sent to their respective next-of-kin in Johor, Perak, Terengganu and Kelantan.
Apart from the basic information of the deceased, their date, place and cause of death, as well as the medical officer who pronounced their deaths, were also recorded in the NRD database, he said.
Meanwhile, in response to the protest on the amendment to the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) 1959 which would allow detention without trial, Ahmad Zahid reminded those involved to stop questioning the government’s intention and showing their support to criminals.
"NGO (non-governmental organisations) and lawyers should not question the government’s good intention as the Act is made for the criminals.
"There will be no more postponement. I will table the proposed amendment to the Act for the second reading at the Dewan Rakyat today (Tuesday)," he said.
He said any question about the amendment should be raised by the members of Parliament in the Dewan Rakyat and not through the media.
"I’m open for debate on the Act, but not through the media. Let’s use the proper platform at the Parliament. I will explain everything during the debate, those who are against it can voice out their opinions at the Dewan Rakyat," he said.
On the recent DAP central executive committee (CEC) re-elections, Ahmad Zahid commended the effort taken by the party in adhering to the Registrar of Society’s (ROS) instruction to hold the re-elections.
"I would like to congratulate DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng because the CEC re-elections went smoothly in a peaceful atmosphere in line with the constitution and regulations stipulated by the party," he said.
Meanwhile, Jariah said Oct 1 has been declared as the National Registration Day in conjunction with the implementation of the first National Registration Law in the Strait Settlements on Oct 1, 1948.
On that date, she said the paper identity card was also issued for the first time to the people of Malaya.
On another development, Jariah also called on Malaysians who did not have any identification document to lodge a report to the NRD immediately.
The NRD record shows that 28.4 million people of Malaysia have registered and in possession of birth certificate and identity card or citizenship certificate. – Bernama