: The National Registration Department (NRD) views seriously an Al Jazeera documentary report which on Friday, linked NRD officers with a baby-selling syndicate in the country.
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 here today.
The documentary entitled, '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 assured.
The director-general said every birth registration conducted over the registration counters would be checked by supervisory officers who would ensure both original and photostated copies 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.
"Should there be any doubt, the application will be referred to the Investigation and Enforcement Division for further checks," noted Mohd Yazid. -- Bernama