Renouncing your Malaysian citizenship – get the entire process done in 3 working days

I recently (Feb 2012) went to the the Malaysia High Commission in Singapore to renounce my Malaysian citizenship. You can get it done in 3 working days at Malaysia High Comm in Singapore!

The following Information was last updated on 3 Aug 2016.

Here is what you should do:

1.Letter of Approval from Singapore ICA (x2 copies, 1st page will do, ignore the ‘attachment’ page)
2. Malaysia NRIC (x2 copies front & back)
3. Singapore blue IC (x2 copies front & back)
4. Birth Certificate (Must be laminated, x2 copies front & back)
5. Malaysian Passport (Latest one will do, no need to make copy)
6. 3 Passport Sized Photos (White / blue background)
7.  $10/- Cash for processing fee
*IMPORTANT: All photocopies MUST BE in A4 size, if you forgot to do so, there’s a photocopy counter (20 cents each) at the other hall where they process passport applications)
8. Fill up all forms with BLACK pen, in CAPITAL LETTERS.

Go to Malaysia High Comm. on any weekdays between 8am – 11am (You must submit all the forms by 11.30am)

You may download these forms (K form and MY-RN1 form and Additional Information) from the High Comm website before you go to the Malaysia High Comm, which may help you to speed up the process when you are at the High Comm. But on the day, you would need to fill up the ‘original K forms’ again (yellow colour), together with the one that you downloaded from the website.
(The officer there will tell you which form to make copy and which doesn’t have to)

1. Get your pass at the Security Guard outside the gate.
2. Proceed to the Consular Section (or Konsular hall in Malay, just ask for directions from the guard).
3. Look for the their staff at the right corner of the hall, the hall is quite small, well, I should call it a room. Show him what you have got with you and he will give you additional form to fill up.
4. Fill up the first set of forms and get the Annex A photocopied at the other hall.
5. Get him to check your forms once you’re done. He will pass you the final “K form” to fill up. (most ppl who are not sure about the place of issue of your Malaysian IC. Just fill in PETALING JAYA. And the date shall leave it blank.)  don’t bother about the Witness part. Don’t have to fill in, refer to this link
6. Get him to check your K form and supporting documents. And another officer will get your thumbprints done and issue a queue number.
7. Submit your forms and documents at the counter.
8. Wait to be called again for payment. They will issue a collection date (normally 3 working days, some got it the next day) for your letter of renunciation (which you need to bring to ICA to register your Singapore Citizenship).
9. The receipt of S$10/- being admin fee. The collection slip has the date of collection plus an acknowledgement of docs that Malaysia High Commission has taken from you ie. identity card, passport etc.

Things to take note:
– If you are travelling before your appointment with ICA, DON’T renounce your Malaysian citizenship too early as they will keep your passport on that day, that’s the last day you see your Malaysian passport! You won’t be able to travel out of Singapore until you get your Singapore passport later.
– You will surrender your Malaysian I/C, passport and birth cert to the Malaysia High Comm. So you may want to make extra photocopies of those documents just in case you need them in future for reference etc.
– Collection time of the letter of renunciation is between 2.30-3.30pm, 3 working days later (1 reader feedback that he could collect on the next day).

Good luck!

PS: I would like to thank those readers who asked questions and contributed some good pointers in my blog, therefore I have created a new post title ‘Questions and Answers‘, hope it helps!

After your Singapore Citizenship Ceremony:

Dear readers, I just attended the citizenship ceremony last month (July 2012) and thought the following information will be useful to you:
– A week after you Singapore Citizenship Ceremony, you will receive an email from Malaysian High Comm requesting you to collect the K form.
Look out Sender : CONSULAR OFFICER []
– Collect it within a month of the email notification (original birth cert will be returned to you as well).
– Before making a trip to ICA, photocopy the K form and bring along the original one on that day. No need to make appointment for this process.
– Recommended to take your photo at level 1 of ICA building. If not, do inform the photographer that the photo is for NRIC. (Wear darker shirt/ top)
– On the date of appointment. Scan the bar-code (on letter issued by ICA) at the auto-Q no. issuing machine to obtain your Q no. The system is being pre-programed to recognise the application is individual or bundle ( 2 or 3 applicants). Only 1 ticket will be issued. (No need to go to the counter 7/ 8).
– Wait for your no. to be called. Follow the process and your are expecting to meet 3 different officers.

Hope the above helps.