The National Registration Department (JPN) has recorded some 8,000 cases of lost identity cards or MyKads nationwide annually since about five years ago.
JPN director-general Zamri Misman said although this number only represents 4% of the 200,000 MyKad applications each year, the situation was still worrying.
"Among the most common reasons given (for the loss) are misplacing the MyKad or sometimes when they (MyKad owners) go on vacation, they leave their MyKads everywhere and so on," he told reporters in Kuala Nerus yesterday.
Zamri said apart from being fined up to RM1,000, individuals who lose their MyKads risk having their cards misused by irresponsible persons.
He urged the public to take care of their MyKads as well as possible and immediately report to the police if they lose this document.
"I urge those who lose their MyKads to immediately report the loss to the police and come to JPN so that we can help them. We are worried that other people will later misuse these documents," he said.