Before 2 pm I was there in front of the district education office to help register my MUET students who want to improve their results. As expected, the officer was late. So frustrating. As soon as he arrived, I quickly filled in the forms. While doing it, the officer had to look into another school's problem with the registration. Not MUET, i think it's a primary school teacher trying to register the students for UPSR. I overheard their conversation regarding the serial numbers in the Sabahan kids birth certificates. It seems that some serial numbers cannot be registered in the online system because the numbers are already in use by another. Hmmm...what does that mean? Being busy body, i joined in their conversation.
The officer told me that it seemed this is nothing new. So he asked the teacher to put a school code in front of the serial number just to get the students to be registered and sit for the exam. He explained that this case is special in Sabah. The birth certificate is registered without a code or something. Like in West Malaysia, it seems that they use a different code for each state. So, if this is so, then i think the school should tell the parents that their kids' birth certificate numbers are shared by others. They should make a complain then we can track down all those dubious personal documents in Sabah. How can this happen?