THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is natural for people to protect their property or possessions, but the government, through its agencies, has decided that they should punish holders of birth certificate by not accepting laminated copies.
In Jamaica, a birth certificate is a very powerful piece of paper which can, among other things, determine whether or not a six- year-old gets primary education,
Given the importance of this document, which is made of thin, cheap paper and does not have an expiry date, why are agencies such as Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (passport office) not accepting laminated copies?
Laminating is merely putting a thin piece of transparent plastic over the document to protect it so I see no logical reason why it, should not be accepted because the information is still accessible even by a copier.
Putting red tape in the way of the average citizen only makes them more vulnerable to fraud and crime.