Have you ever had somebody asking you whether you should provide and/or surrender your Identification Card for i.e security purposes at guarded neighbourhoods/communities?
If yes, this is most likely performed by guards who have asked for your IC/ID such as MyKad or driving license to ensure the safety of the premises as set by the rules of the premises’ management and in exchange the visitors would usually get a security visitor pass to enter the premises.
However, under the National Registration Act 1959, you SHOULD NOT let anybody hold on to your IC, except the issuing body of National Registration Department.
By virtue of Rule 7 of the National Registration Regulation 1990, only a registration officer, police officer, customs officer, military officer or other officers authorised by the National Registration Department (JPN) director-general, can conduct checks on the identity of a person and request for identification. This includes taking a photograph of your Identity Card!
Regulation 8 of the National Registration Regulations 2007 states that only authorised personnel may require visitors to show them their MyKad for identity verification.
SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
If you are stopped by the security personnels, you should not give your IC/driving license for them to hold (unless they are the persons stated above).
Instead, you should record your information and hand it over to the authorised person.
A person who unlawfully keeps another person’s MyKad can be charged under Regulation 25 of the National Registration Act 1959.
Pro tip: You could give your business cards too!