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Yikes! Malaysians Will Now Have To Pay A Hefty Fine For Late Birth Registration

The fine has increased by 2,000%!


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Yikes! Malaysians Will Now Have To Pay A Hefty Fine For Late Birth Registration
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Soon-to-be-parents, take note! The government has recently announced an increment in the fine imposed for every child birth that is not registered after 60 days.

The fine is now at RM1,000, which is a steep increase compared to its previous rate of RM50.

According to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, the new fine will take effect immediately and is not for the purpose of “revenue collection” but to get parents to register their child births within the given period.

“This is to ensure and encourage parents to register their children as soon as possible. If they register the birth late, then they will have to pay the RM1,000 fine. Parents should not take this lightly as it pertains to their children's identity,” Nur Jazlan told The Star.

Recently in August, the government extended the registration period from 42 days to 60 days after considering single parents or single mothers who were going through their confinement period.

“In the peninsula Malaysia, there is no reason for parents to register the birth of their children late because they have good facilities in terms of communication, transportation and close proximity to NRD offices.”

“However, it is different for parents in Sabah and Sarawak who may face problems in terms of distance and location of NRD offices that are far from residential areas (especially in rural areas),” Nur Jazlan told the English daily.

What do you think of the new fine rate? Will it be a burden for struggling parents or is it an appropriate, stern warning to get parents to register their newborns as soon as possible?

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