Long lines at the Malaysian mission in Singapore are attributed to a breakdown and an increase in applicants.

Technical issues at the Malaysian High Commission in, combined with an increase in passport renewal applications during the Covid-19 pandemic, contributed to long lines outside the mission recently, according to the Malaysian Immigration Department.

In a statement, Malaysian Immigration Chief Khairul Dzaimee Daud said that a passport printing machine at the high commission is currently out of service and experiencing technical difficulties.

Datuk Khairul also revealed that the number of passport renewal applicants had doubled in the last week, to around 450 per day, causing long lines outside the mission.

This is due to Malaysians in Singapore being unable to return home to renew their passports as a result of the two countries’ border closure last year.

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