Renounce Malaysia Citizenship

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asked on Sep 9, 2004 at 09:47
edited on Dec 5, 2016 at 08:50
I am applying citizenship to another country soon, and chance to get the approval is quite high.

I have a few questions here.

1) What I need to do to renounce Malaysia citizenship?

2) What happen to my Employees Provident Fund (EPF) account?

3) Currently, I have Bank Accounts, Property, and Insurance Policies under my name in Malaysia. I can close all the bank accounts easily, however, can I still hold the property and insurance policies under my new identity (foreign nationality)?
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answered on Mar 22, 2012 at 15:44
edited Dec 5, 2016 at 09:32
What made a country not appealing and not being able to retain its own citizens? Corruption and rotten civilisation.

Usually those who are 'sensitive' and hate OTHER PEOPLE'S migration are those who are very 'lawa' in their home country. For those who have developed different perspectives, their mindset changed, and they happened to be lucky enough to have choices, such as migration, they are usually condemned by those self-righteous 'lawa' people back at home.

Could the migrants be more needed in another country, may be they found their passion in something or someone in another country. Who are we to judge???

Be civilised, so that we make our country attractive for residency---if we think we are very loyal to our country, that's what we should do.

With technology and cheap airfares, the world is very small. We are citizenship of the world, betray of what? How? Who? I think it's time we grow up and be educated as Malaysians.

Nobody should stay in one place all the time except those who 'HAVE NO CHOICE'; in this new age, we should be mobile with our pursuits, not narrowly locked up in one place, as we are globally connected through technology. Migration is just another way of 'moving house', is not a big deal.

But again, usually it is an expression of endearment, when someone misses you and  they don't want to see you leaving, they called names. There might be situation when one tries to upset someone who is migrating or has migrated, because they can't , or they have no guts to do so. So they are frustrated. But don't lose cool! Don't shame Malaysia's name.
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answered on Aug 6, 2012 at 14:32
edited Dec 5, 2016 at 09:32
How may I as an ex-Malaysian obtain an EPF Statement as I could not register under EPF i-account?  What documents do they need if I have to go personally to any EPF Office?  Thanks.
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answered on Aug 14, 2012 at 03:48
edited Dec 5, 2016 at 09:34

Go EPF Office, update your citizenship in your EPF Account.  At the same time, they will print your statement to you. Bring your current ORIGINAL passport and Borang K (prepare a copy each.)
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answered on Jan 16, 2014 at 23:57
Hi folks,

Sorry to intercept this informative forum. I'm residing in Singapore for the past 16 years. After pondering for many years I've finally decided to renounce my citizenship after GE13. Finally gotten my citizenship here. question are, how do I make a total withdrawal of my EPF and how long will it takes for KWSP to release the funds? Heard rum ours here say that, KWSP will charge a certain percentage for total withdrawal. Is that true? Can anybody enlighten me on this? Deeply appreciate the advises.
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answered on Feb 10, 2014 at 01:51
edited Dec 5, 2016 at 10:43

THIS HELPS. Please read this and will clear your question on how to do EPF withdrawal after renunciation Malaysia citizenship.


This withdrawal can be made by Malaysian citizens who have renounced their citizenship in order to migrate to another country OR foreign citizens who have ceased to be employed in this country and wish to return to their country of origin.


The eligibility to apply for Leaving the Country Withdrawal:
* Malaysian citizen/Permanent Resident (PR) who has renounced citizenship of Malaysia; OR
* Non-Malaysian citizen (expatriate/foreign worker) who has ceased to be employed and wishes to return to the country of origin; AND
* Still has savings in EPF account.


* You are qualified to withdraw if you fulfill all the conditions for withdrawal.

* For expatriate / foreign worker, you can apply two months before the expiry of your work permit OR before the expiry of any of your work permit extension.


All the savings in your EPF account.



(i) Payment in Malaysia

All withdrawal payments will be credited directly into your account subject to the following:
a. You have an account with a panel bank appointed by EPF; AND
b. Your account is still active; AND
c. Your bank account is a Savings / Current Account (personal) OR Joint Account for withdrawal amount of more than RM100,000.00.
d. Your identification number matches with the bank’s record
e. Payment is made in Ringgit Malaysia (RM)

However, if the payment cannot be credited into member’s bank account due to causes such as bank account is not active or your identification number does not match with the bank’s record, payment will be made via banker’s cheque.

(ii) Remittance of Payment to Foreign Countries

Payment is made via Foreign Bank Draft. Types of currencies are as follows:

Foreign currency as per member’s choice stated in the application form subject to the currency is available in EPF’s list for the purpose of payment via Foreign Bank Draft; OR

In US Dollar if the currency stated by the member in the withdrawal form is not available in EPF’s list for the purpose of payment via Foreign Bank Draft

Note: EPF will make a verification with the member again if the type of currency chosen in the application form is not available in the allowed list or before changing the type of currency to US Dollar.


Submission can be made at any EPF branch either at the counter OR via mail.


Please bring along ALL original documents for verification purposes by the EPF Officer.

However, if the photocopied documents have been verified, please ensure the photocopies have been verified by the authorised officer by EPF, complete with signature, name, designation and official stamp.


Please ensure that ALL documents have been verified by an officer authorised by EPF, complete with signature, name, designation and an official stamp.

All applications by mail must be addressed to:
Locked Bag No. 220
Jalan Sultan
46720 Petaling Jaya

Updated: Here's the latest link:
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answered on Feb 12, 2014 at 15:22
edited Dec 8, 2017 at 05:41
Why renounce it? I am a US citizen now and has dual citizenship. The USA does not care if you still have Malaysian citizenship. Only **** don't want you around.
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answered on Nov 25, 2016 at 02:04
edited Dec 5, 2016 at 07:53

I am in the process of applying for US citizenship and I read that you said it is not a requirement to renounce my Malaysian citizenship. Do they question you when you return with your Malaysian passport? I have every intention to keep both passports if that is doable and not in violation of the law. Please do share your experience.
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answered on Feb 8, 2017 at 05:58
Thanks everyone for sharing in this forum, I am sure this is very helpful to many who appreciate it. 

My question would be : 
- I am currently at the final stage of Canadian Citizenship approvals. I have plans to no renounce my Malaysian Citizenship immediately but after 1-2 years after obtaining the Canadian Citizenship. 

Am I able to obtain the funds from EPF ? How long will the process take ? 
What other items should I be aware of when one renounces their Malaysian Citizenship ? 

Another question ( hope this does not sound silly ). Can I buy a burial plot for my body even if I am not a Malaysian Citizen anymore ?

Hope to hear some decent sharing to help open up some thoughts. Thanks all. 
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answered on Nov 27, 2017 at 14:33
edited Feb 20, 2018 at 05:07
I must submit it's not everything rosy living overseas including Australia where racism and discrimination especially the casual ones are not uncommon. It's really a different form of discrimination back in Malaysia let's put it that way. I will always be grateful to Malaysia as a country as my mother nation where I was raised and educated.

I would like some information from ex-Malaysians who transferred their EPF money to Australia, what were the tax implications for the transferred money? How did Australian Taxation Office tax the EPF money? To me, I personally find that should not be any tax as these are incomes earned before time in Australia. This logic should also apply to the dividends earned from the funds which are created before time in Australia. Am I right? Some sharing of experience and advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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answered on Dec 7, 2017 at 00:44
edited Feb 20, 2018 at 05:08
Firstly we must distinguish between permanent residency status and passport citizenship status. It’s important to note different countries comes with its benefits, drawbacks and responsibilities.

Holding Malaysia passport with other countries' PR is not illegal BUT holding two passports is illegal in accordance to Malaysia regulations. 

Its either black or white in legal sphere but then depending on individual’s morality then is at one risk to try attempting playing the fire and grey field. Personally I despise this irresponsible action. I know handful of Malaysian who has obtained UK passports and cheating the system, I am finding right channel to report the them. 
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