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JPN boosts security by implementing biometric system

PUTRAJAYA, The National Registration Department (JPN) will implement the biometric system in all identification documents including marriage certificates to determine the actual owner to boost their security characteristics.

JPN director-general Datuk Ruslin Jusoh said among the identification documents involved were citizenship certificate, birth certificate and adoption certificate which currently did not have biometric elements, photograph or finger print to determine the actual owner.

He said biometric elements such as the Deoxyribonucleic Acid Bank Data would be created in the documents to facilitate JPN officers in conducting investigations when confusion arose or upon suspicion that the documents were misused.

”The biometric elements are important…currently, the identities of the populace depend on the finger print. We will improve the existing security features including creating facial recognition,” he told Bernama in a special interview at the JPN office recently.

Ruslin said a study on the implementation to add to the biometric system would be conducted throughout this year by involving agencies such as the Ministry of Health and the Malaysian Chemistry Department.

He said there were legal aspects and policies which must be created and scrutinised before full implementation of the system is decided.

He hoped the study to obtain the best method on the matter could be finalised before the end of the year before being implemented fully.

Ruslin said the upgrading effort was among JPN’s endeavours to ensure the registration records of citizens are always updated and in order, in line with the Public Safety and Security Policy.

”We are always committed in ensuring the people’s identification record’s registration system is taken care of in an orderly manner, comprehensive, systematic, accurate and up-to-date.

”This, simultaneously, can help the government in formulating policies, making plans and implementing development programmes which are more orderly and effective,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

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