Deputy Premier: 10,000 freshly printed Malaysian passports arrive in Kuching to solve shortage issue

Dr Sim following up on the passport shortage issue at the Immigration Department and taking the opportunity to renew his own passport in the process (March 24, 2023).

KUCHING, March 24: The Sarawak Immigration Department has received 10,000 new Malaysian passports last weekend.

Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said he had been monitoring and facilitating the shortage of Malaysian passports in Kuching for the past two weeks.

He said he was informed that the passport shortage was a nationwide issue due to an extra applications of new passports, leading him to question whether it could have been due to the “revenge traveling phenomena” after the Covid-19 pandemic ended and travel restrictions lifted.

“(I) have been told that 10,000 new Malaysian passports have arrived in Kuching last weekend,” Dr Sim, who is also Public Health, Local Government and Housing Minister said in a social media post today.  

After following up on the passport shortage issue, Dr Sim took the opportunity to renew his own passport personally rather than renewing it online. — DayakDaily