19 January 2023
Urban Transformation Centres will also operate extended hours on weekdays and weekends.
Twenty immigration offices will operate on Saturdays and Sundays from Jan 28 to clear a backlog of passport applications, home minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said.
The 20 offices will be open from 8am to 12.30pm to ease congestion from an increasing number of applications and renewals.
The offices are: Menara Ikhlas in Putrajaya; Jalan Duta and Wangsa Maju in Kuala Lumpur; Shah Alam, Kelana Jaya, Kajang, Puchong, Port Klang, Kuala Selangor and Kuala Kubu Bharu in Selangor; Setia Tropika, Kulai, Muar, Kluang and Batu Pahat in Johor; Melaka; Taiping and Teluk Intan in Perak; Seberang Jaya in Penang, and Kulim in Kedah.
“All these offices will continue to operate until congestion is under control,” he told reporters after opening a passport office at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
Urban Transformation Centres will have extended hours until 7pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends in all states except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, where the centres are open on Fridays and Saturdays.
Saifuddin said 2.58 million passports have been issued since borders were reopened on April 1 last year. “For this year, up to Jan 17, the immigration department has issued a total of 156,711 passports,” he said.
He said the KLIA passport office could benefit 3.4 million local residents and its surrounding areas like Seremban and Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan.
“The immigration department will continue to monitor the response to this office before we plan to open a similar office at Kota Kinabalu Airport in Sabah in the future.”
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