Opposition slams RM1k birth registration fine as burden on the poor

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Opposition politicians have questioned whether the Home Ministry’s move to impose an RM1,000 fine on late birth registrations is according to law.

They went on to suggest alternative solutions and also warned that such a high fine would burden the poor and result in more stateless children.

DAP Serian chairperson Edward Andrew Luwak said the rural poor should be given exceptions on the penalties.

“Just as in medical services, where the government subsidises the fees, the government could either compound the fine or impose a nominal fine, or even revert to the original fine for the rural poor.

“For this to be considered, a certification from the community leader, a senior government official or an elected representative should suffice to ascertain the eligibility of the rural poor from paying the hefty fine,” Edward said in a statement today...

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