Renouncing your Malaysian Citizenship, the quick and easy way.
Well I decided to create this page for those people (like me) who need to renounce their citizenship as soon as possible and cannot wait the current queue of 5 months to get their renunciation slip from the High Commission at Jervois Road.
To beat the time and get your slip within 2 hours, you will need to get across the Causeway and into Johore Bahru. Take either a car or the bus 170 (which brings you to City Square) if you want to get across Compleks Iskandar. Walking across the Causeway is highly not recommended because the new roads are very curvy and you might end up walking for an hour or two.
Everything can be found in around the same area of Block A, Wisma Persekutuan.
Here’s what you need to bring with you:
- White immigration card
- I/C (Singapore & Malaysian)
- Birth Cert (laminated)
- Singapore Certificate of Citizenship
- Expired (or not expired) Malaysian passports
- If point 6 is N.A., then Letter of Surrender (a.k.a. the letter from High Comm saying that you stopped having a joint passport with your parents)
- Original Form K, which is yellow.
- 2 recent passport-sized photos (blue or white background)
All documents (except Form K) must be accompanied with 2 photocopies. You can get photocopying and your photo taken at the gray building across the road from the Wisma. They are pretty cheap, considering we are Singaporeans. ;) If you don’t have the original Form K, you can get it from the Renunciation Counter at Lv5 Block A.
The Commissioner of Oaths who will handle your renunciation is also not in the Wisma. He is in the yellow building opposite the road, ground level, where just outside sells decent nasi lemak and mee rebus. The procedure is pretty quick and simple.
If you are 21 years old and above, then you don’t need copies of your parents’ I/C, Birth Cert and Passport. Otherwise, its wise to bring 3 copies of each.
Go to the following address:
Jalan Air Molek
The office opens at 8am, and it is wise to beat the jam if you’re going on a Friday/Saturday morning. I went there on a Good Friday morning, cleared customs in 20 mins and they were already serving me at 7.50am.
At Lv5, the Renunciation Counter is no. 5 and I was served by a very nice young chap. Be nice to him and he’ll throw you some pointers on how to get your official renunciation form quicker from HQ at KL.
You’ll end up with your birth cert retained to do some paperwork on, and they’ll return it to you (by mail I think) after they are done. Also, you will end up with an official receipt stating that you have completed the Form K. This is enough to get you to take the Oath of Citizenship in ICA.
The entire procedure in Jalan Molek took me just under 2 hours because I was lost and didn’t know where to go. Also, we walked around a good deal and we were there since 7am to sight see. Good thing my mother was with me and she speaks really fluent Bahasa Melayu.
I hope this guide serves as an alternative and a huge help to those who needs their Singaporean passports renewed ASAP. I guess the only drawback here is going crossing the Causeway, which can be a huge pain at peak hours.
Side note: At ICA, renewing passport is on the spot, but if you want to make a new one, it might take another  1 week before finally receiving your new biometric passport. So fast!
Map to Wisma Persekutuan at Jalan Air Molek. Block A is the one marked with the pointer. Wisma KWSP and TJB Towers are most likely the yellow and grey buildings respectively. Don’t get lost!
On top of Resit Rasmi (renunciation slip), ICA also requires the official renunciation letter by a certain date. They are usually fine with any reasonable date you give them, like 2-3 months from the day you applied at JB. Read comments below if you’re uncertain.
This method applies ONLY to people with dual citizenships. Because you need to get over the Causeway, you’ll need a valid passport to get back from Malaysia.
[Edit – 30.05.09]
I just received a letter from the Malaysian Government saying that I have to go down to the Wisma at JB to collect the official renunciation form. Letter is dated 30.04.09 but it was mailed on 26.05.09, received 30.05.09.
The entire collection process took 5 mins, and ICA Level 6 closes at 4.30pm on Weekdays, so its good to start the trip to JB early, and end it promptly at ICA.
Added 18/08/2009, comment by kkysnoopy:
I also got my approval letter on the 4th August and went down to MHC and my appt date is 8th feb 2010. The officer from MHC asked me to inform ICA that the collection of the slip can be done after 23rd Feb.
I need to attend NEE on 2nd Sep.
So being kiasu , as it’s more than 7 months , and our approval letter is valid for 8 months . I called ICA to let her know that the MHC has given the appt date in feb next year , the ICA replied that upon booking the oath date through their e-site , the approval letter valid will auto-extended .
The web site to make the oath booking is under Citizen Registrationhttps://eappointment.ica.gov.sg/ibook/index.do
** you only able to change 3 times and no more.