This morning’s local paper carried a story about a 19-year-old girl who had gone to the National Registration office in Sandakan to collect her ID card – only to be told that it had been inadvertently given to someone else.
And what did the diligent National Registration officers suggest doing? Recover it? Cancel it? No. They suggested that the girl change her identity and apply for a new ID card under a different name! If that isn’t bureaucracy gone mad, I don’t know what is.