Ask anyone what an IC (identity card) is and they can tell you. Ask them what it’s for and the answers might vary, but they’ll probably be right. Mostly. Ask them if you knew they came in more than one colour and some might go — eh? They come in more than one colour?
People usually know that their ICs are blue and can be used to pay the toll and occasionally, the parking fee. However, ICs of a different colour represent different resident status. So, if you’ve spotted one and are wondering about it, here’s a quick guide for you.
Malaysian ICs can come in five different colours. However, they all represent different resident statuses. Most people will know about and have seen the blue card otherwise known as MyKad. Those are usually issued to Malaysian citizens at the age of 12 and shows that they are full-fledged citizens of the country.
Kids however get the MyKid card, which is for children under 12. This pink card is similar to the MyKad, except, it doesn’t contain a photograph or their thumbprint’s biometric data. For those with a silver card aka MyTentera, they are usually Malaysian citizens who are serving in the Malaysian Armed Forces. Their cards will contain a 12-digit military identification number which is similar to an IC Number.
If they have a red card otherwise known as MyPR, they are residents of Malaysia with a permanent resident status. For those with a green card or MyKAS, they are temporary residents. However, their card will need to be renewed every 5 years.
Of course, our IDs are important as they represent and confirm our residential statuses in Malaysia. However, the MyKad in particular also stores important information and can be used as an e-wallet.
Additionally, you need to carry your MyKad with you at all times. Otherwise, you may be looking at a fine of RM3,000 to RM20,000 or a jail term of up to three years.