Reinstate Malaysian citizenship

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asked on Aug 1, 2018 at 15:27
edited on Aug 21, 2018 at 05:40
I was  born in Malaysia and lived there until I was 22 when I went to Australia to further my education. Thereafter I had stayed back in Australia after graduation and took up the citizenship in the 80’s. 

I had been working and living in other countries in the past 40 years in addition to Australia,  before I took up the MM2H program recently and now living in Malaysia under MM2H VISA.

I have never formally renounced my Malaysian passport and citizenship (i.e. never submitted any formal forms to the Malaysian Government).

I believe my Malaysian citizenship will be revoked even it is still active at present.

I had my old IC renewed to MyKad in the 80’s during one of my trip home from overseas and my MyKad has been kept with one of my sisters.

I no longer have my Malaysian passport which expired in the early 80’s.

As I have few sisters in Malaysia, and I am now fully retired. I plan to stay in Malaysia permanently and would like to seek legal advice on how to reinstate Malaysian citizenship and acquire a Malaysian passport.

Friends told me no harm to go and apply for a Malaysian passport and keep the MM2H running, but I don’t know how great is the risk? Also the penalty when get caught.

What is the best option to do this? I will appreciate any suggestions or recommendations of legal advisers or lawyer.

Many thanks.
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answered on Aug 7, 2018 at 21:31
edited Aug 21, 2018 at 05:43
I believe one must officially renounce the Malaysian citizenship to have it revoked, so I believe you are still a Malaysian. On the Malaysian Government computer you remain out of the country.

Here's the rub, if you renew your passport in Malaysia, you may need to explain your whereabout for the past decades, the immigration officers might be interested to know how you managed to sneak into the country without going through the computer system at airport.

If you were to renew it at a Malaysia Embassy in Australia, you will likely need to prove your non-Aussie citizenship status, which means you have to give up your Aussie passport and you might need to stay in lockup for a while for the deportation to take place.

You can approach the local immigration officer for advice, just pretending to be a friend of someone who are in the situation. Just be prepared to give up your Aussie citizenship to have your Malaysian passport renewed.

Good luck!
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answered on Aug 8, 2018 at 04:15
edited Aug 21, 2018 at 05:45
Put the following statements and questions regarding your situation.

The Malaysian Government has all your details under the MM2H Programme. All “foreigners” are finger printed. They are bringing together and coordinating data on Birth Certificate, IC, Driving Licence under one umbrella. They have your information under the MM2H programme. So tractability to a foreign nationality is easy.

You say you do not have your early 80's Malaysian Passport. You can say it was lost, but did not bother to report it. The officer will ask for a police lost property report. He will ask also for records of your employment, Tax and EPF contributions as proof of your Malaysian inhabitance. What is your answer?

You say your sister has your MyKad Card. Are you aware that there have been a few changes since the 80's. If you do not have the latest version, what is your answer?? Will he be satisfied if you say you did not bother to get the latest?

I think you should seek a practising Malaysian Immigration Advocate and get proper advice. If you circumnavigate Malaysian Citizenship Law, they may rescind your MM2H Visa. Do you want to be in such a precarious position?

My final question. You have the best of both worlds. Why Change??

I wish you all the best. Appreciate if you could come back as I am sure there are many in your position.
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answered on Oct 10, 2018 at 02:59
edited Oct 17, 2018 at 04:50
@linkehui53, I am in similar situation. Did you try getting getting the passport? Can you please provide and update or any tips you have? Thanks! 
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