‘We’ll act against er­rant of­fi­cers’

> No com­pro­mise if they are in­volved in baby for sale syn­di­cate, says NRD chief

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PU­TRA­JAYA: The Na­tional Reg­is­tra­tion De­part­ment (NRD) will take stern ac­tion against any of its of­fi­cers who may be in­volved in baby-sell­ing syn­di­cates.

Its di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Mohd Yazid Ramli, said the de­part­ment would not com­pro­mise if NRD of­fi­cers were in­deed in­volved in such deal­ings (with the syn­di­cate).

“Stern ac­tion will be taken if the al­le­ga­tions are found to be true,” he said in a state­ment.

Mohd Yazid said this in re­sponse to an Al Jazeera doc­u­men­tary re­port which on Fri­day linked NRD of­fi­cers with a baby- sell­ing syn­di­cate in the coun­try.

The doc­u­men­tary, ti­tled Malaysian Ba­bies For Sale, also touched on the fal­si­fi­ca­tion of birth doc­u­ments made pos­si­ble with the help of NRD of­fi­cers.

Mohd Yazid said the NRD reg­is­tered the birth of ev­ery child with­out prej­u­dice, re­gard­less of the child’s sta­tus.

“If all the con­di­tions are met and doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted upon ap­pli­ca­tion are in or­der and com­plete, the ap­pli­ca­tion can be ac­cepted and pro­cessed for a birth cer­tifi­cate to be is­sued,” he said.

Ev­ery birth reg­is­tra­tion con­ducted over the reg­is­tra­tion coun­ters would be checked by su­per­vi­sory of­fi­cers who would en­sure both orig­i­nal and pho­to­copies of doc­u­ments, forms as well as in­for­ma­tion recorded in the sys­tem were in or­der.

“Once ev­ery­thing is com­plete and in or­der, only then will the su­per­vi­sory of­fi­cer is­sue the birth cer­tifi­cate.

“How­ever, if the ap­pli­ca­tion is in­com­plete or does not com­ply with the pro­ce­dures, the birth reg­is­tra­tion will be post­poned un­til the ap­pli­cant fur­nishes the de­part­ment with all the re­quired doc­u­ments and in­for­ma­tion,” Mohd Yazid said.

Mean­while, Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam said all med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers are ex­pected at all times to ob­serve proper stan­dards of per­sonal be­hav­iour in keep­ing with the dig­nity of the pro­fes­sion.

“All pri­vate health­care fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices in Malaysia are con­trolled and reg­u­lated un­der the Pri­vate Health­care Fa­cil­i­ties and Ser­vices Act 1998 and its sub­sidiaries. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the health­care fa­cil­i­ties’ cer­tifi­cate/li­cence hold­ers to en­sure that all the prac­tices in the cen­tres are within the le­gal am­bit of any writ­ten laws in Malaysia,” he said in a state­ment.

He said the min­istry has al­ready ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion specif­i­cally on the doc­tors and health­care fa­cil­i­ties high­lighted in the doc­u­men­tary.

“De­pend­ing on the re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, actions will be taken ac­cord­ingly against the doc­tors and health­care fa­cil­i­ties.

“This might in­clude dis­ci­plinary actions by the Malaysian Med­i­cal Coun­cil, which may lead to de-reg­is­tra­tion (struck off) of the doc­tor from the Med­i­cal Reg­is­ter un­der the Med­i­cal Act 1971,” he added. – Ber­nama

... Staff of the old­est McDon­ald’s out­let in Ipoh, Perak pose with cus­tomers in front of the out­let. The out­let will close its doors for good this Wed­nes­day af­ter 28 years of busi­ness in Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakry.

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