KUALA LUMPUR: Shoppers now have more reason to bring their MyKad during shopping trips. It can earn them cash rewards with every purchase. MyKad is now a primary tool for a new loyalty and rewards programme called Sahabat 1Malaysia organised by the Information, Communications, Culture and Arts Ministry and Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM). Shoppers will be rewarded with cash that will be credited into their MyKad via a virtual bank when they purchase items from any of the 500 merchants in the programme. – Star News Paper Read More
In line with the Government of Malaysia’s call for multi-functional usage of MyKad, the Melaka State Library is using MyKad as a membership card. If you wish to borrow books from the library, you will have to present your MyKad which will be read into the system for verification. This is a good way to implement technology that is currently available to the public. Every citizen of Malaysia has to carry an Indentification Card (MyKad). The MyKad being a chip based Smart Card is the perfect card for multi-function application in the Information Technology world. The MyKad has the holders full name, the address, colour photo and date of birth. These are the basic information on needs to provide to register for services. Using the card save time when needing to register. The card is inserted into the reading device and a computer system reads the information in less that 15 sec. The MyKad is perfect for Clinic Registration, Libraries, Clubs, Hotel Check in and many more applications. See here for more on MyKad Readers.
“MyKad, or Government Multipurpose Card, (GMPC) is the official compulsory identity card of Malaysia. It is regarded as the world’s first smart identity card. Part of the Multimedia Super Corridor flagship applications, it was officially launched on September 5, 2001 and incorporates a microchip, which contains several items of data including biometrics. As of 2006, MyKad has eight current and several planned applications which are mostly related to proof of identity or electronic money.” – Source Wikipedia. Malaysian software developers can make great use of the MyKad when writing software for the local Malaysian Market. Every time we visit the Clinic, Insurance Firms or just visit friends at Condo’s, we are asked to produce the MyKad. The details are taken down, usually written into a log book. Now with computer system’s becoming ever more cheaper, it is not costly or difficult to implement a system to capture data from the MyKad in to a computer system. This saves time and also helps to make sure you are dealing with the actual owner of the MyKad. You will also have the history of people who visit your place. If you run a kindergarten or tuition centre, it will be easy to register parents and students. Check out the Easy MyKad Reader Lite Software on this site. Soon I will be bring out more software based on this capture software. Read about the MyKad write up in The Star News Paper.