On the alarming subject of fake MyKads, on October 30, 2013, National Registration Department director-general Datuk Jariah Mohd Said claimed that the MyKad was a document of high quality that could not be cloned. She said MyKad could only be tampered with by changing the photo and details on the surface of the original card, but not the information and security features embedded in the card or chip.
On the same day, Asian Professional Security Association Malaysia chapter president Datuk Seri Mustapa Ali said fake MyKads could easily be obtained for RM200 to RM600 a piece. So who are we supposed to believe?
MARAH understands that one cannot fake the chip on the MyKad. The data inside is both cryptologically safe and immutable. What can be faked is the physical plastic and the printed information and picture, therefore the solution is to get Mykad readers and devices to read the data on the chip for verification. The application programme interface for these and the dongles are relatively cheap and easily available so it would be cost-effective for the private sector, including security companies, to use this
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