Malaysian living abroad with passport expiring soon

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asked on Aug 15, 2017 at 13:12
by   Lanina
edited on Sep 25, 2017 at 08:24
Currently living abroad. My Malaysian passport is expiring in 4 months. The last time I renewed was from the embassy here and it took about a month or so... (if I remember well)

However, I will be going back to Malaysia for a couple of weeks in a month's time. I am just wondering if it is possible to just go back, renew in two to three hours in Malaysia before returning after two weeks? 

Any sort of possible problems that may occur if I choose this option?
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answered on Aug 15, 2017 at 14:40
by   vkpc
As you are a Malaysian citizen, nothing can stop you from going back to your home country.
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answered on Aug 15, 2017 at 15:05
by   jeff005
edited Sep 25, 2017 at 08:27
@ Lanina

Personal Views (non-legal):

There are several types of scenarios for your type of situation. Normally if you are over 60, it would take less than 1 hour to renew.

1. Are you having Dual Nationality?
"My Malaysian passport" hints of you having another passport. You have not been back to Malaysia from Spain for the past 5 years. Under current procedures, when you apply for a new passport (not called renewal since 2014), they would require for proof of the type of residency you have lived aboard for so many years without the need to come home or exit from aboard.

2. Without appropriate supporting documents, they may not allow renewal for the next 2 years (at the discretion of the Malaysian Immigration).

3. There is still a window period of 4 months, why don't you renew at the Malaysian Embassy? If you have tried to do so and there are requests for supporting docs, it would be the same over here, the only difference is that you may be stuck here for a period of time till the issues are resolved.
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answered on Aug 15, 2017 at 19:59
by   Lanina
edited Sep 25, 2017 at 08:28

No. Only Malaysian. Please do not assume that someone will let go of a citizenship just cause one has other reasons not being able to go back in years. I didn't go back for 10 years... the last time I tried to renew (or apply new as you say) they were suspicious but I had all the documents that I am just a resident with my own personal reason for not going back that long. It was a pain and unpleasant. 

I did say it is an option as I am leaving in a month to go back to Malaysia. I wonder if I can just do it there if I don't bother or too lazy to do it here. As I don't want to be treated the way I did the last time I went to the embassy.

I just wanted to know if by chance anyone had actual experience. 
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answered on Aug 15, 2017 at 22:22
by   jeff005
edited Sep 25, 2017 at 08:36
@ Lanina

If you have all the necessary documents, just come back to Malaysia and get a new passport.

Please do not assume that someone will let go of a citizenship
I am not assuming.  These are Standard Operating Procedures of the Malaysian Immigration. It is none of my business as to whether one have Dual or Multiple citizenship. I am just giving a reply to your query "Any sort of possible problems".
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answered on Aug 16, 2017 at 06:08
by   Tanavaroot
edited Sep 25, 2017 at 09:01

Just to share with you. Thai Immigration plans on installing fingerprint scanners at all points of entry into Thailand. It is already in place at the 2 International Airports in Bangkok.

My neighbor in Chiang Mai who married a Swedish citizen 12 years ago and have 2 school going children and could not come back for more than 10 years. 2 months ago, she tried to renew her passport at Thai Embassy Stockholm which the officials there politely refused to renew stating that they have to go back to Thailand for the new biometric fingerprinting passport. Previously they were using the biometric passports only.

The Malaysian Immigration are using the more advanced 2nd generation biometric fingerprinting software towards the end of last year which accounted for the "shortage" of passports last year. Maybe they want all their citizens back @Malaysia for the new verification?
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answered on Aug 20, 2017 at 01:28
by   miriboy
edited Sep 25, 2017 at 09:03

Malaysia recognises Permanent Residence conferred on Malaysians living overseas.  If your Malaysian passport has an indication that you are free of immigration control of the country you are in then, after showing such proof, the Malaysian authorities will renew your passport.  Granted in countries where there are no renewal facilities at the embassy, it will take time. In London they check your documents, take your photo, and fingerprints between 9am and 12 noon.  You return at 3pm on the same day to collect your new passport.  The embassy in your country of abode may not have such facilities.

I suggest you return to Malaysia, update your MyKad, then renew your MY passport.  My MyKad renewal took 24 hours.......not sure now.  Renew of Malaysian passport takes a few hours if your documents are correct and available..  Keep your old cut invalid Malaysian passport to show the immigration officer on return that you are free of immigration control.
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answered on Aug 26, 2017 at 18:47
by   BobtheBuilder
edited Sep 25, 2017 at 09:04
Renewal of MyKad in Malaysia takes seven days (unless you do it in Putrajaya in which case you can collect it on the same day), but they issue you a temp one immediately, and this can be used to renew your Malaysian passport.
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