Efficiency Is The Name Of The Game

With the upcoming Bangkok trip with the gang in eight days, I went to the Immigration Office to renew my passport. It was expiring on November and I didn't want to be left behind in the airport while the rest flies off. There goes RM300 for 32 pages of blank paper... Thank goodness for parental units.

Another reason why I really wanted to change my passport is cause the photo on my old passport is hideous! I looked like I'm The Hunchback of Notre Dame... Funny how I've not been stopped to verify my identity with that photo. At least my new passport has a photo that I'm happy with.

I remember about 5 years ago, going to the Immigration Office was a nightmare. I had to wake up as early as five in the morning to queue in a mile long queue but no such thing now. In fact this time, I was the one rushing to the Immigration Office before they close at five.

Entrance to the Immigration Office.

I was shocked at how friendly and efficient the service was. No, shocked would be an understatement. It was more flabbergasted, dumb struck, astonished or surprised. Whichever but they were friendly and efficient. And here I thought those two words were not in their dictionary when it comes to service.

18 counters to cater for all.

There were ample of counters and most of them were staffed so everything went swimmingly without any bottlenecks anywhere. This Immigration Office is beginning to be my favourite government office I've visited.

My cue number.

Guess how long the whole process took? Only an hour on the dot! That's because there weren't many people at that time but an hour for a new book is really fast. Even if the place was full, it'll take two hours to get it done. Quantum leap for the Malaysian government officers!

The new and the old.

So passport, checked. Now I'll have to pack my clothes. Still don't know what to pack. Shorts, underwear, tshirts, sandal, shoes and bla bla bla. Travel light is the key!

You know you love me.
Queer Ranter


Fable Frog said...

is that the Wangsa Maju branch? looks familiar. i had mine done there last year~ easy breezy~ :D

samantha said...

enjoy your bangkok trip *i'm jealous*

savante said...

Of course travel light. THanks for carrying my stuff.

Inaesb said...

yea...i think they've come a long way. :)

buy me some souvenirs! :D also..scan your old passport pic la...so we can ogle. :O

Ernie said...

i had a chaotic application when i did my passport. As am Swkian, for first timer who applied for malaysian passport, it need to be approved by Sarawak Immigration Dept. So i need to hand in my application to Immigration office in KL, then they will assist to fax it to Sarawak's office, then it took minimum of 5 days or 1 month for them to get back. I was shocked. Then to speed things up, i need to write 'plead' letter to them asking for favour to speed the process. however, after much thought, i requested the contact number fro Sarawak's office. I contact them and within few hours it got approved and i can collect my passport the next day. sigh!

Ah-Bong said...

i wonder if renewing mine would be hassle free... housemate couldn't do hers since we're not western malaysians. blerh

Queer Ranter said...

FableFrog: Yep that's the branch. Easy breezy indeed.

Samantha: Hahahah. Thanks. I'll think of you when I'm there. :P

Savante: Cis! Your stuff pulak. You better pay me!

Inaesb: Oh yes they have.

I'll see what stuff I can get from there and no. No old pics of me! You'll turn to stone.

Ernie: Oh yikes... Crazy... Hope now is better for you.

AhBong: Guess there's one way to find out. :)

Jason said...

Haha... I was strucked by their friendliness too. And yes, I also prefer my new passport picture (old one looked so fat!)

The cashier wasn't too nice though.

Queer Ranter said...

Jason: Fat vs The Hunchback of Notre Dame, I trump you. :P

Fable Frog said...

i want see hunchback of notre lumpur~ scan lah and show us~~~ :D