What's the big deal over NIDS?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is unbelievable how we are making a big deal out of this National Identification System (NIDS) legislation. Anybody who has travelled overseas knows that your fingerprint and biometric information are taken, yet, no complaints. If one obtains permanent residency in the United States or Canada, the first thing that must be done is to apply for your social security number or social insurance number, respectively. Again, no one complains. Yet, we are complaining because Jamaica is moving in that direction. This should have been done a long time ago!
Do you know why the police in developed countries are able to solve crime in an efficacious manner?
If we are so against identification, why register a child at birth? Why register to get a driver's licence, it has an identification number! Why register your vehicle? Why get a passport? Why get a bank account? Why have a voter identification system?
Anyone who understands poverty knows that the lack of a proper identification system in Jamaica since Independence mostly affected poor people and poor children. They have become the forgotten. Their invisibility has helped to create the chaos that is now rampant throughout the nation. For example, criminals are able to hide among the vulnerable and commit their assaults with impunity.
With the national identification system, the government will finally be able to asked and answer the question, who is who!