PUTRAJAYA: Nur Fathaniah Tariyah Karimah Farwizah Zahabiyah SyaÂhirah binti Airol Anizam is probably the longest name ever registered in Malaysia, but Ahmad, Alex and Ravi remain the most popular names.
National Registration Department (NRD) director-general Datuk SulaiÂman Keling said â€œAhmadâ€ had been the preferred name for 63,049 people in Malaysia, followed by â€œAlexâ€ (16,992) and â€œRaviâ€ (10,866).
â€œThe three names are the most commonly used and registered in the country,â€ he said at the National Registration Day and Innovation Day celebration at the department here yesterday.
Sulaiman said Oct 1 was declared as the National Registration Day in conjunction with the date the first identity card, known also as Kad Beras, was issued in the country.
â€œThe Kad Beras was issued to the public in a proper and systematic way from Oct 1, 1948. The first card with the serial number of 0000001 was issued to our Independence Father, Tunku Abdul Rahman,â€ he added. â€” Bernama