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NY Consulate-General now processes M'sian passports
NEW YORK -- In a significant move aimed at simplifying the processing of Malaysian passports, the Consulate-General in New York is now dealing with the issuance and renewal of passports of Malaysians living in the United States.
Formerly, the passports of Malaysians living outside the New York jurisdiction, which covers 12 states, was handled either by the Malaysian embassy in Washington or consulates in other cities in the United States.
"The change became effective about two months ago and has been working well. Previously, we sent all Malaysian passports to Kuala Lumpur for processing and renewal, but that took a longer time.
"With a view of helping Malaysians who may want to travel at short notice or need the passport for some other purpose, a decision was taken to centralise the processing of passports by the Consulate-General in New York.
"Processing the passports here has considerably reduced the time as you need not send them to Kuala Lumpur," said Syed Mohammed Bakri Syed Abdul Rahman, the Malaysian Consul-General in an interview with Bernama.
Syed Mohammed praised the foresightedness and initiative of the Malaysian Ambassador in Washington, Datuk Othman Hashim, for initiating the change in the processing of pass ports.
Malaysians who have lost or had their passports destroyed, can now refer to the Consulate-General in New York for assistance. - Bernama