Renunciation of Malaysian Citizenship

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Ha! Gonna expose my previous citizenship. Browsed through the web but many blog posts were outdated, so here you go.
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[IMPORTANT]

Due to COVID-19, consular section is temporarily closed from 26 March 2020 till further notice. An appointment MUST be made before heading down.

[MHC Contact Info]

Contact number: 68876231/68876230

Email address: Consular@mhc.org.sg

(Thank you Reader Amy for the information!)

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(The best way to read the following instructions? Numbers represent steps to be taken in order while alphabets represent the number of documents needed.)

  1. When you receive the ICA Approval Letter which states that you are at the Final Stage, you may continue to read.
  2. Before heading to the Malaysia High Commission, please read this document carefully:
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    Documents to be submitted
  3. a) Borang K (Yellow Form / Form K):
    Borang K page 1
    Borang K
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    Form K (first page) [translated]

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    Form K (second page) [translated]
  5. Nearly fainted when I saw the Malay words, so here is the translated version to save your time! Print it out, fill up once at home so that you can bring down and copy on the spot. They won’t accept your printed copy because they have their YELLOW version of the form.
  6. b) Form (MYRN1):
    Print the first page will do, fill up once at home so that you can bring down and copy on the spot. The form that they gave me only had the first page. I guess they finally realise knowing so much about you is useless since you are no longer their citizen. They may update the form so your printed copy may once again not be accepted.
  7. c) ICA Letter of Approval:
    The one stating that you are at the FINAL stage.
    Original + 2 photocopies (although they only took one of mine…)
  8. d) Malaysian IC: Original + 2 photocopies
  9. e) Singapore IC: Original + 2 photocopies
  10. f) Birth Certificate: Original + 2 photocopies (If you were born in Singapore, please read “Documents to be submitted” carefully.)
  11. g) If you were born before 31 Aug 1957, will require your Malaysian Citizenship Certificate: Original + 2 photocopies
  12. h) Singapore Citizenship Certificate & Passport: Original + 2 photocopies (If you don’t have it’s perfectly fine because I didn’t too. Was so confused but I guess the order of application wasn’t the same for everyone.)
  13. i) Malaysian International Passport: Original
  14. j) THREE recent passport-size photos with white background: Would suggest just get this done at the ID photo booth located in the Malaysia High Commission. $8 for 4 photos. Well, this photograph will not appear in your IC or your passport, it’s alright even if you look terrible. [Photo-taking Service at MHC has temporarily ceased due to COVID-19 situation, please prepare your photos before heading to MHC for renunciation. (Updated as of 10 July 2020)]
  15. k) $10 cash for registration fee.
  16. Make your way to the Malaysia High Commission (Mon-Fri, 8.15am – 11.30am). It’s a long walk from even the nearest bus stop, might want to consider taking a grab ride over. If you want to save money, use Google Map. The nearest MRT station is Redhill. Take bus 32/64 over.
  17. At the guardhouse, use one of your cards with your NRIC/Name to exchange for a pass to enter.
  18. Go to Consular Section. There will be person sitting near the entrance where the whole world will ask him questions. Tell him you are renouncing your citizenship, he will pass you a fake Form K and Form MY-RN1. The fake Form K is to ensure that you have filled the blanks up correctly before they waste their precious YELLOW Form K on you. Remember to write everything in BLOCK LETTERS and with their BLACK PEN (actually it’s just a normal 0.7 black pen…maybe they are afraid you will use a 0.37 red pen so they provided plenty for you)
  19. After filling up whatever the person passed to you, show him/her and he will pass you two YELLOW Form K to fill up AGAIN.
  20. Once you are done filling up forms again, show the same person, he will ask for all your photocopies and clip them together. Next, he will ask you to take a queue ticket on your own.
  21. While waiting for your turn, you can pop over to the ID photo booth nearby to take your photo. Prepare your original Malaysia passport, IC and birth certificate too.
  22. When it is your turn, submit, stand, and they will ask you to wait for your number to be called again for payment.
  23. Make payment and they will give you a slip of paper asking you to return after 3 working days (date will be stamped) between 2.30pm to 4pm to collect your documents.
  24. Swee, get out, collect your card which you have swapped for the visitor pass and you are free to go. Just remember to return on the specified date to collect your documents (usually three working days later)!

When you return to MHC three working days later, you will receive MYRN-1 which will be needed for the registration of Singapore Citizenship at the ICA. Form K, which is the final approval letter, will only be ready for collection 8 months after renunciation. You may visit related posts (links below) for further information.

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Related Posts:

Guide for “Registration of Singapore citizenship at the ICA“:
https://pinkolifant.wordpress.com/2019/11/28/oct-2019-registration-of-singapore-citizenship-at-ica/

Guide for “Collection of Singapore NRIC & Certified True Copy of Singapore Citizenship Certificate“:
https://pinkolifant.com/2020/07/10/updates-renunciation-of-malaysian-citizenship/

Guide for “Collection of Form K (final renunciation letter) and Birth Certificate“:
https://pinkolifant.com/2020/09/24/collect-formk-bc/

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PinkOlifant (Updated as of 2020)

MINT (Museum of Toys)

Address: 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382

Opening hours: 9.30am – 6.30pm

Alighted at City Hall MRT Station, followed Google Maps and reached MINT after about 10 min walk.

Ticket can be bought at level 1 (Adult: SGD16.05, inclusive of 7% GST). You’ll be given a Museum Guide and recommended to start from level 5.

In the lift.

MINT, which means perfect, as if new, curated 8500 toys for display since it’s opening in 2007. The entire museum is dim as light causes the colours of toys to fade. This actually made the museum feels pretty dingy, especially when I visited during the non-peak hours of a weekday. The eyes and sizes of toys looked enlarged haha.

Reason for the dim lighting.

Level 5: Outerspace

Level 4: Characters

Over hundred of smurfs!

Tin Tin and his dog.

Level 3: Childhood favourites

Bruce Lee.

Popeye walking up the stairs with me.

Level 2: Collectables

HRH.

Always amazed by those who can strum guitar with left hand.

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” -Chaplin

Level 1: MINT Shop

They say that a toy becomes unique once you own it.

至少我还记得(周兴哲): English Translation

周兴哲 (Eric Chou)
至少我还记得 (At Least I Remember)
作词 / Lyricist:周兴哲 (Eric Chou), 吴易纬
作曲 / Composer:周兴哲 (Eric Chou)
编曲 / Arranger: 于京延 (Rare Yu)

跨年烟火 衬亮你眼角
Fireworks of the countdown party brightened up your dazzling eyes
你是我眼中 不熄灭的美好
You’re forever the spark in my eyes
离开很好 让人懂依靠
Leaving is a blessing that teaches us what reliance is
想念抱着你 身上的味道
I miss your smell and your hugs

时间奔跑 还剩下多少
Time is running, how much are we left with?
都没准备好 用尽最后一秒
We were never prepared for this,
We’re trying our best to cherish every second
我们很好 可惜没能牵牢
We were great, but we couldn’t be together
爱被风扯掉 再也找不到
Our love was torn mercilessly by the wind,
Never can it be found again

你敢不敢再对我说一次 永远爱着我
Would you dare to tell me once again that you will love me forever?
像最爱你的我不曾变过
Just like me whose love for you never wavered
我还记得 沿途的景色
I could still remember the scenes of our journey
路走得曲折 回忆就铭心深刻
Roads were rocky but that only served to deepen our memories

你敢不敢再对我说一次 不后悔爱我
Would you dare to tell me once again that you never regretted loving me?
再说一次我们没有爱错
Tell me once again that our love was right
我还记得 拥抱的炙热 你是如何笑着
I could still remember how deep our hug was and how wide you’ve smiled
至少我还记得
At least I remember

没人知道 我记得多少
No one knows how much I remember
我好想听到 你说话的语调
I really hope to listen to the tone of your voice once again
太晚明暸 生命爱开玩笑
It was too late when I finally understand that life is full of jokes
爱真的很好 是结束太早
Love was great, but it ended too soon

你敢不敢再对我说一次 永远爱着我
Would you dare to tell me once again that you will love me forever?
像最爱你的我不曾变过
Just like me whose love for you never wavered
我还记得 沿途的景色
I could still remember the scenes of our journey
路走得曲折 回忆就铭心深刻
Roads were rocky but that only served to deepen our memories

你敢不敢再对我说一次 不后悔爱我
Would you dare to tell me once again that you never regretted loving me?
再说一次我们没有爱错
Tell me once again that our love was right
我还记得 拥抱的炙热 你是如何笑着
I could still remember how deep our hug was and how wide you’ve smiled
至少我还记得
At least I remember

我们的泪水多珍贵
Our tears are so precious, aren’t they?
只是后知后觉 才会自顾自地流泪
But we only realise after sobbing through all those nights
我们的相遇多完美
Our encounter was so perfect, wasn’t it?

你敢不敢再对我说一次 永远爱着我
Would you dare to tell me once again that you will love me forever?
像最爱你的我不曾变过
Just like me whose love for you never wavered
我还记得 分开那一刻
I could still remember the moment we parted
用力地拉扯 我们多难分难舍
How we struggled and couldn’t bear to separate

你敢不敢再对我说一次 不后悔爱我
Would you dare to tell me once again that you never regretted loving me?
再说一次我们没有爱错
Tell me once again that our love was right
我还记得 拥抱的炙热 你是如何笑着
I could still remember how deep our hug was and how wide you’ve smiled
至少我还记得
At least I remember.

Translated by PinkOlifant.

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soCash (Review)

[Updated: Oct 2019]

There’s a(n) new app in the App Store – soCash.

Here’s a rough summary of a user experience.

[Before]

1. Upon downloading the app, you can choose to link it to your Facebook(/Google) account or simply provide your email address to sign up.

2. Upon signing up, you can choose either of the funds transfer options:
(a) DBS PayLah!
(b) DBS/POSB iBanking
(c) ICBC

Pretty much whatever you need to do before making your very first cash withdrawal.

[During]

1. Open the app and choose the amount you wish to withdraw. (Minimum $10 and maximum $500 $200)

2. Ensure your current location is accurate to find the nearest cashpoints. (Cashpoints listing would differ based on the amount of money you choose to withdraw. Some cashpoints require you to make a purchase* before you can withdraw money.)

3. Select cashpoint.

4. Confirm cashpoint (and make your way there).

5. Scan QR code on the soCash device (based on your number code) at the cashpoint.

5. Log in to DBS/POSB iBanking portal with your username and pin.

7. Receive the following SMS:
“Your FAST payment via iBanking for S$(amount you chose) to A/C No: XXXXXX1234 on 03/05/2018 is being processed. 12:39:39”

6. A code will appear and you just have to match it with the code that appeared on the little machine in the shop. E.g. 042

7. Once everything is processed and payment is successful, the soCash device will announce for the cashier to pass you your cash the cashier will pass you your cash.

Done.

[After]

(Disadvantages)
1. The process of logging into the bank portal took too long, the cashier managed to clear two customers while I was waiting for my payment to be processed which may result in a certain extent of awkwardness for soCash users.
(Suggestion: to enable user to do a one-time log-in to bank portal and activate fingerprint to approve transaction thereafter.)
–> Users are allowed to log in their bank accounts before reaching the shop. At least, we can save the embarrassment of standing in front of the cashier.

2. The announcement of successful payment by the soCash device is a little too loud (and a little embarrassing) for both cashpoint assistant and soCash users.
(Suggestion: A simple loud “beep” may be sufficient.)
–> The device has finally kept quiet 🙂

3. The email to collect user experience upon using the app can be sent after they made their first transaction. (My first transaction was about 5 days after signing up as the nearest cashpoint was 1km away from me then.)

4. Perhaps my phone is getting old, the app hanged after cash withdrawal.
–> The app has become more user-friendly 🙂

(Advantages)
1. Finally get to know the names of the shops I frequently walked past. (A by-product of using the app)

2. Having users to visiting the cashpoints may also help these shops to increase sales. This is how soCash attracts retailers to sign up as cashpoints.
–> And now that some shops require you to make a purchase in order to withdraw money, it’s definitely a boon than a bane to link up with soCash.

3. Great that I do not have to queue at the ATM. However, assuming that there are long queues at the ATMs only during peak hours, would these shops which serve as cashpoints have a much smaller crowd during peak hours? Would the crowd and long processing time discourage users from using the app to withdraw and just return to queuing in front of the ATMs? Guess as long as there are more cashpoints and a reduction in processing time, this app will still remain convenient and great.

4. Especially convenient and a life-saver if one cannot find an ATM nearby (provided that the nearest cashpoint is nearer than the nearest ATM).

5. They have recently (Oct 2019) brought new deals to users! Before withdrawing your cash, you can pick a deal among the many they have listed. Some examples are:
a) $15 off Agoda booking
b) 10% off Sephora if you are a new customer
c) $5 off GrabFood with $30 spent
d) and many more…(please read the T&Cs of each promotion carefully)
Personally think that this is a real good way of attracting new users and bringing back old customers 🙂

Singtel WiFi Mesh (AirTies: 1600 Mbps Wireless Booster Air 4920)

The journey of getting a pair of WiFi Mesh.

Re-contracted with Singtel 1Gbps Fibre Home Bundle (24 mths). Upon using it for close to a month, we could not take the frequent disconnection at the various dead spots/corners. Therefore, we decided to purchase a pair of AirTies Air 4920 units (also known as WiFi Mesh) at the cost of SGD10 per month (24 mths).

Adding on the two AirTies units on top of the Singtel Fibre contract isn’t too difficult. You just need to spend one to two hours queuing at any Singtel stores. Get a queue ticket and walk around the mall. You can opt for SMS notification when the queue is approaching your number.

In the box, which you will receive upon subscription,you will see two AirTies units, 2 Ethernet cables, and two power adapters. On top of these, you will see a Quick Installation Guide.

The Quick Installation Guide is too ‘quick’ and not idiot proof enough. So here’s the Dummy’s Guide!

AirTies for Dummies

1. Remove the transparent plastic sheet that is covering both AirTies. (If not the units will get too hot and melt the plastic, one day.)

2. Connect the power adapters to both units and insert them into a power point (plug) near your Singtel Optical Network Terminal.

3. Connect one of the units to the Singtel WiFi Router with the Ethernet cable.

4. Turn on both units. (You will see white light on both units, it means they are being switched on.)

5. After a few minutes, you will see green lights flashing for both 2.4GHz led and 5GHz led.

6. To check if the internet connection is working, connect any mobile device to the new wireless network (please refer to the bottom of the AirTies units for network name and password. Network name and password are the same for both units).

7. Once connected to the new wireless network, you may unplug the unit which is not connected with Ethernet cable and relocate it to somewhere else at your home. (Most likely a location with dead spot as that is the purpose of you purchasing the AirTies.) Remember to switch the unit on after relocation.

8. Now, when the new network connection is working perfectly fine, you may choose to customize your network by changing its network name and password. With any device that is connected to the new network connection, visit http://ez.airtiesmesh.com . Default username is “admin” and leave the password field blank. On successful login, you may unleash your creativity and give your new network a wonderful name.

What happens to the other unit? Yes, it would have to be within 1.5m from the Singtel WiFi Router as it has to be connected to the router with the Ethernet cable.

Hence, if your house is large with many dead spots, it would be recommended to purchase one more unit. However, for normal HDB flats, two units would most likely be sufficient.

FYI, Page 5 of the Quick Installation Guide is pretty useful.

To add more unit(s), besides reading the Quick Installation Guide, you may wish to watch this YouTube video as well: