Falsely Reporting Your IC Stolen Will Land You in More Trouble

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If you get caught lodging a false police report that your identity card (IC) was stolen to avoid paying a fine by the National Registration Department (NRD), you will have a criminal record.

Consequences if guilty of making a false police report:

  • Jail term not exceeding six months
  • Maximum fine of RM2k
  • Lifelong criminal record
  • Difficulty applying for loans, qualifying as guarantors, getting jobs in government sector

Reporting an identity card was stolen is a common practice, with many people not realising that if they get caught and are charged in court and found guilty of the offence, they will have a lifelong criminal record.

Lawyer Zulkifli Awang warned that having a criminal record would affect any individual even though they were only punished with a fine by the court.

“Many individuals, who lose their ICs, make up stories, lodge false police reports claiming to be the victims of robbery or snatch theft, simply because they do not want to pay the fines.

“When the police find their statements are inconsistent and suspicious, they will charge them in court for making fake reports,” the lawyer told Bernama.

He said the criminal record would have a long-term impact not only on the individuals concerned but also their families.

Those with a criminal record would have difficulty applying for a loan, qualifying as a guarantor for their children for a study loan, or getting jobs in the government sector and security forces.

A person who lodges a fake police report can be charged under Section 182 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term not exceeding six months or a maximum fine of RM2,000 or both, Zulkifli said.

Last month, two people were found guilty of making fake police reports about their ICs and were fined RM1,500 and RM2,000 each by the Ampang Magistrate’s Court.

They claimed they had been robbed of their ICs but police investigations found that there was no robbery and the couple had lost their ICs due to their own negligence.

According to the NRD, 1,356,135 cases of lost ICs due to negligence were recorded from 2010 to September 2015.

The department imposes an RM100 fine for the first-time loss of an IC, RM300 for a second-time loss and RM1,000 for the third and subsequent losses.

Exemptions are given to victims of natural disasters and crimes such as theft and burglary, as well as to adolescents aged 18 and below, senior citizens aged 60 and above, and the disabled and the poor.