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wThursday, February 05, 2004

Dejavu 9


Dejavu 10


I woke up early this morning just so I could reach Pusat Bandar Damansara early. I want to make my passport.

When I reached the immigration office (at about 7.30 am) there were many people there already. The queue was long and I willing fully endured it. Anyways... I have to wait for about half an hour before it was my turn. And when it was my turn, I was asked to bring my birth certificate. Well, fine. No arguments there.

And then the lady (her name is Rosmah, that's what she told me later), discovered that I was a Singaporean. She asked for my old passport.

"But my passport had already been surrendered to the Singapore High Commissioner!" I said disbelievingly. Of all people, she should know this better than me!

"Well... How did you ended up here?" she asked me. I thought it was a stupid question. I thought of telling her I have a Star Trek Transporter machine at home. "You should bring your Surat perakuan Taraf too."

"Why do you need all these documents? I'm already a Malaysian!"

"You could have a fake IC. A lot of people have fake ICs and there's no way we can tell if you have a fake IC." I couldn't believe what I've just heard. Like, I can fake all paper documents she needed easily, but how to fake the new IC with the expensive smart chip?

"Listen, can't you just use your computer to verify my IC? Can't you just key in my IC number and know that the IC that I'm carrying is authentic? Don't you have a smart card reader tucked in somewhere?"

"No, we can't do that." She can't believe I actually asked her all these questions when there were about a zillion people queuing up behind me.

I was flabbergasted. I just can't believe my ears. They're like, probably never heard of smart cards, nor seen a smart card reader (okay, I'm being nasty here). Right now, I'm beginning to think, they can't even operate their own computers because they cannot use the computers to check if my IC is authentic.

I was angry of course. I was angry because she was being fresh with me and I've just learned that my so called Smart IC is stupid after all.

I just can't believe that the government is implementing all these technology, yet they are not using the technology they have to make our live easier!!!

posted by Nizam Zakaria at 11:51 AM |