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Dual Nationality

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asked on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:52
by   babyfish1105
edited on Dec 28, 2016 at 05:06
 
I'm a Malaysian but I recently granted a British citizenship. My husband is British and we are living in Scotland. Thing that wondering me is I'm taking my husband's surname in my British passport but my Malaysia passport still remained my family surname... Which passport should I use next time when I go Malaysia? If I present my Malaysia passport at Kuala Lumpur (KL) immigration, the surname on my passport will be different from my surname on the air ticket!  Can I show my Malaysian passport when enter Malaysia but show British passport when come back to Scotland? Can anyone offer any advice? Thanks!
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answered on Oct 27, 2011 at 17:31
by   dreamerman
edited Dec 28, 2016 at 05:07
 
Malaysia does not recognise dual citizenship. Period.
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answered on Oct 27, 2011 at 21:32
by   Babyfish1105
edited Dec 28, 2016 at 05:07
 
I know Malaysia does not recognize dual nationality. That's the reason I'm asking so.... I know there are lot of people like me, who granted other countries nationality but trying to keep their Malaysia nationality.
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answered on Oct 27, 2011 at 23:44
by   baby fish
edited Dec 28, 2016 at 05:08
 
If you have been granted fully British citizenship, Malaysian passport would have no validity effect immediately. Likelihood, it will not recognise in our immigration system. You may want to find out directly from our immigration for verification.
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answered on Oct 30, 2011 at 09:38
by   Rajah Brook
edited Dec 28, 2016 at 05:17
 
@Babyface1105,

Please read some of the responses to @Cintapants on "Dual Nationality".
https://www.lawyerment.com/answers/questions/4005/dual-nationality

You have been granted UK citizen by marriage and therefore carry your Marriage name on your UK passport. In the past UK government used to return all Malaysian passports to Malaysian High Commission on granting a British Passport.  They do not do it anymore.  Does your present Malaysian passport have "Given Leave to enter for an indefinite period"?  If yes hang on to it even though it will expire.  Use it as proof that you have UK residence, so you can re-enter UK with no immigration hassle when coming back from Malaysia. You could on the other hand re enter UK with your UK Passport, but your husband must hold on to it when you enter and exit Malaysia.

Do you still want to hold your Malaysian Nationality?  If you have your Malaysian IC, then regardless of your marriage, your Malaysian passport will hold your IC birth name, even when you renew it.  If you travel to Malaysia take your IC and your Malaysian passport with you to get non restricted entry. Us it to exit Malaysia.  Malaysian Immigration authorities now check at the boarding gate if you have right of Entry to where you are going. Make sure your hubby keeps your UK passport on his person.  If they find you have a UK passport with you, your Malaysian passport will be confiscated and you can say bye bye to Malaysia. Realise that Malaysian passports are only renewed at the High Commission in London, a bit of a hassle for you.  If you value Malaysian citizenship, then hang on to your Malaysian IC and keep your Malaysian Passport up to date... a small price to pay! UK recognizes dual nationality, but Malaysia does NOT, and has very good reasons for NOT allowing it.  Do not even mention your Brit Passport to Malaysian Immigration.
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answered on Dec 4, 2011 at 06:01
by   daveofdarkness
edited Dec 28, 2016 at 05:19
 
I'm Australian now for 15 years, when I converted the Australians took my Malaysian passport... so strange, I thought they wouldn't care to do that since Australia shouldn't care about dual citizenship.

Now I have a MyKad that I keep up to date by renewal, but I have not renewed my Malaysian passport for 15 years since I lost it to the Australian department of whichever place I went to apply for Australian citizenship! So now if I want a MY passport I need to apply for a new one right?

What is the risk that they will smell something suspicious and immediately confiscate my MyKad when I go to apply for a new Malaysian passport?
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answered on Feb 10, 2012 at 11:55
by   beacon
edited Dec 28, 2016 at 05:20
 
Enter Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with your Australian passport. Once in Malaysia, make a police report... stating that you have lost your Malaysian passport due to theft. Then go to the Immigration Department to apply for a new one. Ask them to expedite the application as you want to make an overseas trip. The Immigration Department will not bother to do any background checks prior to re-issuance.
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answered on Aug 10, 2012 at 03:17
by   confused
edited Dec 28, 2016 at 05:22
 
If one uses Malaysian passport to enter/exit Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) via autogate, and enter/exit UK using UK passport, the Malaysian passport will not have any stamps... so what happen when you need to renew the Malaysian passport?

Do the passport office cross check the passport with the computerised exit/entrance record collected via the autogate?

How do one with a Malaysian passport without stamps entering another country but have been in/out of KLIA every year enter Malaysia with a baby having a UK passport? Any tips anyone?
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answered on Mar 28, 2014 at 06:30
by   Babyfish1105
edited Dec 28, 2016 at 05:23
 
Just some updates if anyone bothers to know.

My Malaysian passport expired, it left me with no choice but went back Malaysia with my British passport in January 2014. I entered Malaysia no problem, got my fingers printed. I managed to renew my Malaysia passport as well. Please note my British passport carried my husband's surname, means different surname in both passports.
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answered on Mar 28, 2014 at 23:50
by   clinique221
Not sure after what happened with MH 370 that immigration will still be laxed. I think it is better to be cautious these days.
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answered on Mar 31, 2014 at 05:06
by   warrior
edited Dec 28, 2016 at 05:28
 
My situation is similar to @babyfish, @cintapants. I have recently obtained British citizenship after being in the UK for a long period of time. However I still have a valid Malaysian passport. Planning a trip to Malaysia in May. Which passport should I use to travel? I have a valid British and Malaysian passport. Prior to getting British citizenship I was granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. However this stamp is in my expired Malaysian passport, I understand UK Immigration would not restamp this on my current valid Malaysian passport as I now have a British passport. From previous posts I understand it is not advisable to carry both passports into Malaysia in case I get `spot checked'. So which passport should I use?

If I use my Malaysian passport would I have any problems returning to the UK at UK border controls, I can show my Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) stamp on my expired Malaysian passport but will they not ask why I didn't use my British passport as am sure their records will show I am a British citizen now. Alternatively if I use my British passport to travel will the Malaysian authorities detect this at KLIA? Am sure immigration at KL will be tighter now following the MH370 tragedy.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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