In Singapore, NRICs are a routine part of everyday life, but look what happened in the UK.
I was instantly reminded of a short little poem by blogger-poet Gilbert Koh, about the lack of privacy and data protection in Singapore. Click here to see.
ST March 7, 2006
UK Lords reject govt ID card Bill
LONDON - Tony Blair's government was defeated by the House of Lords on Monday over the controversial issue of national identity cards.
The peers voted by a majority of 61 to overturn the government's plan and make the cards voluntary. The Bill will now return to the House of Commons for further debate.
Both houses must reach agreement for the measure to become law.
Under government proposals, the cards would not be compulsory initially. But anyone applying for or renewing a passport would have to pay for an identity card as well from 2008.
The opposition Conservative and Liberal Democrat peers said this would introduce the cards by stealth and go back on Labour's original plan which was to have voluntary ID cards.
'The Government should now look for compromise and go forward with the voluntary scheme they promised,' Conservative Leader in the Lords, Lord Strathclyde, said in a statement.
'The issues of personal freedom involved are too important to be foisted on the public by half truths and deception.'