Malaysians, These Are The People Who Are Authorised To Inspect Or Keep Your IC

PDRM clarified that unauthorised people who keep your IC can be jailed or fined.

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Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) recently released a statement confirming that security guards, among other unauthorised officers commit an offense for storing someone's identity card (IC) or identification documents

Those who are found guilty can be jailed for up to three years, fined a maximum of RM20,000, or both.

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While it is illegal for condominium and apartment security guards to keep visitors' identity cards and driving licenses, here are the people who are actually authorised to inspect and store your IC:

1. Police officers

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If a policeman approaches you, you are allowed to verify their police ID card. All police officers in Malaysia must show you their cards if you ask for it.

You are obliged to give your name, IC, and address if the policeman starts asking you questions.

However, if they refuse to show you their police ID, you are not obliged to show them your IC and are advised to immediately lodge a report on the matter.

2. Custom officers

The Royal Malaysian Customs Department includes those who are responsible for administrating the nation's indirect tax policy, border enforcement, and narcotic offences.

3. Officers of National Registration Department of Malaysia (JPN)

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In 2007, a circular by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) clarified that those who are authorised by the National Registration Department (JPN) are allowed to keep your IC.

4. Any public officer authorised by the National Registration Department (JPN) Director-General

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In accordance with Rule 7 of the National Registration Regulation 1990, officers authorised by the JPN Director-General can conduct checks on the identity of a person and request for identification.

5. Members of the Armed Forces

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This includes soldiers in charge of maintaining and monitoring the country's affairs.

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