Yes I concur.
Jeff Ooi has posted up an email from CY Leow about his woes of trying to renew his Malaysian passport in New Zealand. His general sentiments can be summed up by this:
Thanks for screwing up our holiday plan, Malaysia BOLEH!!
I have gone through similar though not as hellish of an experience – fearing the loss of the passport through back and forth mailings was my biggest concern. However I now know that if you renew it in Malaysia proper, it takes 2 days and not the typical 3-4 months if done overseas. I wrote about it previously too.
So to sum up my thoughts about Mr. Leow’s experience: he has my sympathies for having his vacation ruined, but if the vacation to see his daughter in Canada was that important he should have just taken a side trip to KL and got it renewed.
But the pertinent question is: why should he? What is the point of the Malaysian High Commissions in the countries that we are residing in?
Not quite first world yet.