5 January 2019
As of this week, Malaysians have to cough up RM300 to RM1,200 to renew damaged or missing passports.
The directive on the penalties is contained in the Fees (Passports and Visas) (Amendment) Order 2019 dated Dec 20, 2018.
The order, which was published on the official website of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, was issued by chief secretary to the government Ismail Bakar.
Among others, the order requires that individuals who want to replace lost or damaged passports (valid for five years) for the first time to pay a fine of RM400, while children under 12 years and students of the age of 21 years and below studying abroad will be fined RM300.
For a second replacement, the same groups will be charged RM700 and RM600 respectively, and for a third, RM1,200 and RM1,100.
Last year, the Immigration Department recommended that the government impose penalties for passport replacements, as the number of individuals losing the document due to negligence was high.
24 February 2018
Malaysia is ranked Joint 6th with Greece but there are 21 countries above Malaysia.
24 February 2018
Malaysian passport sixth most powerful globally https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/02/338421/malaysian-passport-sixth-most-powerful-globally …
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian international passport is in the top six of most powerful passports in the world based on the 2018 Passport Index developed by global financial advisory firm, Arton Capital.
The Passport Index is a reference point on all passports’ rankings based on the number of countries that can be visited by people of a country without requiring a visa, or with a visa-on-arrival.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the recognition was something expected as the Malaysian passport met the guidelines set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and that it was now accepted in 157 countries without requiring visa
“Looking at history, Malaysian passport is the world’s first passport that is equipped with chip-based biometric security features,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
Mustafar said the passport was further enhanced with additional security features to meet ICAO’s Document 9303 standards in 2013, while the chip was included in the biodata page in 2016.
He also said the latest version of the Malaysian passport came with 50 additional security features and a more unique design reflecting the country’s landmarks, local flora and fauna, as well as the five principles of “Rukun Negara” (National Principles), he said.
25 October 2017
Malaysian passport ranked sixth most powerful
MALAYSIA’S passport is the sixth most powerful in the world, trumping developed countries such as Australia and New Zealand, according to Passport Index.
The Index ranks national passports by the cross-border access they bring, assigns a “visa-free score” according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.
Malaysia was given a visa-free score of 154 and shared sixth place with Ireland, United States of America and Canada.
For Malaysia, passport holders from 118 countries do not require a visa and visitors from 38 other countries require a visa-on arrival to enter Malaysia.
Singapore tops the list as world’s most powerful passport with a visa-free score of 159.
October 19, 2017
Malaysians top list of those refused entry into New Zealand
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian passport is ranked as the fourth most powerful in the world by the Global Passport Power Rank 2017. But it loses some of its power when presented in New Zealand.
Malaysian nationals or those holding Malaysian passports top the list of those refused visitor visa waiver in New Zealand since 2011.
The reason: mainly because they were not considered genuine visitors, and that they were not there for the purpose stated in their documents.
Of the 4,877 foreign nationals unable to enter New Zealand under the visa waiver programme since 2011, 517 were Malaysian passport holders, according to a report in the portal stuff.co.nz.
More than a thousand people were refused visitor visas at the New Zealand border in the past year .
Malaysians, it reported, were at the top of that list after being refused more than any other nation in the 50-country visa waiver programme.
“Malaysians were refused over 100 times more than any other nationality,” it reported.
Hong Kong was the second-highest with 412 refusals, followed by Australia (336), Great Britain (334) and Taiwan with 333.
In 2012, in reporting that Malaysia had the most number of travellers turned away, the New Zealand Herald said those rejected included some carrying false passports from people-smuggling syndicates.
“Malaysian Immigration says the country is being used as a transit point by syndicates which issue fake passports to help people to enter countries that have visa-free arrangements with Malaysia,” the report had said. However, the New Zealand Herald report did not identify the person in Malaysian Immigration who had said this.
26 September 2017
It is said that a stolen or lost Malaysian passport is worth between RM100,000 and RM250,000 in the black market.
More than 192,000
#Malaysianpassports reported stolen to date
BEIJING: To date, a total of 192,402 Malaysian passports have been reported as stolen or missing, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said this was according to Interpol’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database in Lyon, France.
“A total of 76 million passports have been reported stolen or missing worldwide, and Malaysian passports constitute approximately 0.25 per cent of that number,” he told reporters at China World Hotel here, today.
Zahid said a total of 52,459 Malaysian passports were reported stolen or missing from January to August this year.
Zahid added that Malaysian passports were the seventh most popular in the world as its holders could travel to more than 150 countries without a visa.
However, he said, stolen or lost passports that were listed in Interpol’s database would be blacklisted immediately.
30 June 2017
The proposed penalty is a RM200 fine for the first time, RM500 (second time) and RM1,000 for the third and subsequent times.
Immigration chief: Penalty to be imposed to replace lost passport
The imposition of RM200 to RM1,000 penalty for the replacement of lost Malaysian passport due to deliberate negligence is implemented to educate the people to be more responsible citizens, said Immigration director-general, Mustafar Ali.
He said the proposal for the penalty was well-received by the government, especially Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as this would teach people to be more responsible in taking care of this valuable document.
“We can’t simply lose this important document and use carelessness as an excuse, so I had recommended for the penalty imposition and thankfully the government agreed to the proposal,” he told a press conference here today.
He said those who lose their passports through calamities that could not be avoided such as theft, fire, flood or others were required to lodge a police report and the case would be investigated.
The penalty for lost passport including a restriction on issuance for recurrent passport loss is expected to be implemented soon.
30 July 2016
On 16 June 2016, Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Sakib Kusmi denied a news report claiming that they were facing a serious shortage of new passports nationwide, with the several states supposedly being the hardest hit.
Today, if you want a passport, you may have to join the long, long queues at the Passport office at Immigration. Line up at 5.30am and get a number.
Why? Due to a serious shortage of new passports nationwide.
30 July 2016
29 July 2016
Malay Mail Online
Want a new passport? Better get in line before sunrise
KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — Knowing the difficulty in applying or renewing their passports, many came to the Immigration offices as early as 5.30am yesterday.
Some slept in their vehicles while others had packed food and drinks, hoping to get a number that would allow them to obtain a new passport.
At the Home Ministry Complex at 5am yesterday, the crowd began to quickly increase and by 7.30am, a long queue was formed inside the complex.
Contractor S.W. Lim, 40, was also among the early crowd at the complex. –
“I’ve been here since 5.30am and I have packed sandwiches and drinks as I may have to wait for several hours,” said Lim, who came from Rawang to renew his passport.
“I’m feeling feverish but I have to get my passport done today as I will be flying off to China for a business trip on Saturday.”
He said he went to the Urban Transformation Centre in Sentul twice but was unable to obtain a number.
Marketing executive Rizal Hashim, 42, said this was his fifth attempt over the past week.
“I’ve been trying to renew my passport. I’ve even gone to Seremban and Kuala Selangor to get it done but they told me the system was down. It was the same thing at UTC Sentul and at the Immigration office in Kelana Jaya.
“My wife and daughter are with me today so that we can take turns to line up.”
28 July 2016
Malay Mail Online
Long queues of disappointment for passports in Klang Valley
PETALING JAYA, July 28 ― Malay Mail found frustrated, disappointed and desperate people waiting to renew or apply for passports in the Klang Valley yesterday.
Here’s what some of those at the Kelana Jaya Immigration office and the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) in Pudu Sentral had to say about the situation.
‘Come at dawn’
Student Nurul Atiqah Noor Hamidy, 24, will be travelling to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam next week with her friends.
“I went to the Kajang Immigration office at 9am but the numbers were finished and the officer told me to start queueing at 5.30am the next day.
“He said: ‘Datang selepas sembahyang Subuh’ (come after Subuh prayers). Then, I would be able to get my passport done.”
Nurul Atuqah said the queue numbers had finished between 7.30am and 8am and only 100 numbers were given out.
“Today, I went to UTC Keramat at 9am with my friend and no one was taking care of the counters as well. From there, we left and came to UTC Pudu Sentral.”
16 June 2016
Immigration rubbishes reports of insufficient passports
“We have sufficient supply of passports and all the applications have been successful,” he said in a statement.Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/152397/immigration-rubbishes-reports-insufficient-passports
15 May 2016
Delays expected in issuance of international passports, says Immigration
By FAZLEENA AZIZ –
“In line with the upgrading work, there will be some technical changes to the system.
Lost your Malaysian Passport? From 1 February 2015, you must lodge a police report and bring the report to the Immigration Department if you wish to apply for another passport.
2 March 2016
Malaysian passport 12th best with visa-free access to 164 countries, below Singapore’s
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 ― The Malaysian passport is 12th best in the world for travellers, based on the latest study showing the number of destinations its holders can visit without a visa.
It shared the position with Liechtenstein and Slovenia, with access to 164 out of 218 countries in the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2016, produced in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association.
However, the Malaysian passport appears to be less popular this year compared to last year.
It was booted out of its ninth position in 2015 while neighbouring Singapore successfully kept its fifth place for the third consecutive year, tying with Japan and Austria this year.
The Singapore passport is accepted in 173 cities and countries worldwide this year, compared to 169 places last year.
But Malaysia remains one of the top five Asian passports to be accepted worldwide this year, after Singapore, Japan and South Korea which came in sixth place with visa-free access to 172 destinations.
– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysian-passport-12th-best-with-visa-free-access-to-164-countries-below-s?utm_content=buffer68aba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.qRkngv8V.mHd4Lkbq.dpuf
Borneo Post Online
Passports reported missing cannot be used if found later: Home Ministry
Posted on April 16, 2015, Thursday
PUTRAJAYA: An International Malaysian passport (PMA) which has been reported missing or stolen can no longer be used effective January 1, 2010 if recovered.
Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Alwi Ibrahim, in a statement today said, the ban was in order to avoid difficulties at international entry points.
This is because PMA which had been recorded missing would remain in
International Police (INTERPOL) records and regarded as no longer valid and could no longer be used to pass through international/border entry gates.
Alwi said Malaysians should pay serious attention to this matter to avoid any difficulty and negative implications.
“The step taken is aimed at ensuring the credibility and integrity of PMA and is not disputed by any quarter,” he said.
FACTS ABOUT YOUR MALAYSIAN PASSPORT
1. Your Malaysian passport is considered a “high-value” document as it allowed freedom to enter some 163 out of 219 countries without a visa. Thus, international crime syndicates prize it highly.
2. The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index ranks your Malaysian passport at number 9 in 2014 in terms of freedom for its citizens to enter other countries.
3. Missing passports reported:
4. All cases of missing Malaysian passports, whether at home or abroad, must be reported to the nearest police station beginning 1 February 2015.
5. If you have lost your passport, to apply for replacement passports you must present a police report to the Immigration Department.
Passport fee reduced to RM200.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian travellers can rejoice as the fee to make or renew their passport for five years is now RM200, down by RM100, effective Thursday.
The passport fee for senior citizens, children below 12, Haj pilgrims, and students below 21 and studying abroad is RM100.
The disabled do not need to pay for a passport.