Police Clearance Certificates

In common with many countries which have an immigrant program Malaysia wants to make sure that it is not importing a criminal element. Police Clearance Certificates are therefore required to support applications to the "Malaysia My Second Home" program. Some countries originated as convict colonies. Australia was one to which criminals were transported from Great Britain during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Prior to this criminals were transported to America. France, Russia, Portugal and India also adopted this practice. Many citizens of Australia now wear their ancestors' criminal backgrounds and the reasons for their transportation to Australia, as a badge of honour. It picks them out as real dinkie die, ridgy didge or true blue Australians. Today all countries are more likely to deport criminals than to accept them as immigrants.

Application Requirements

A very useful resource for obtaining the detailed needs of various police departments is provided by the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants. Included in this informative page of the Society's web site are the requirements of the Malaysian Police Department in Kuala Lumpur, the capital. However, a clearance certificate from Malaysia is probably not likely to be required at the initial application stage of the Malaysia My Second Home program.

The minimum information that must be supplied is proof of identity, dates of residency and a set of finger prints. The identity requirement is usually satisfied by a notarized or certified true copy of the identity page of a current passport. A set of fingerprints can usually be supplied by asking a local police station to make up their usual card bearing your finger prints. This may include not just prints of the fingers and thumbs but also of the palms and the sides of the hands. If birth or marriage certificates are required it is often the case that "original" copies issued by the recording authority are needed, not simply notarized copies of original documents

Once all of the required documents have been assembled it is easy to send them together with any official application form to the appropriate authority. Application forms can usually be downloaded from the relevant web site or obtained by post from the issuing authority. In some cases the local embassy or consulate can provide the form. It is sometimes the case that the office of diplomatic representation does not handle anything to do with the authority which issues police clearance certificates. It is often the case that this is an indication of civil service inefficiencies or even of corruption.This is the situation so far as South Africa is concerned.

The difficulties mentioned in the Australian section can clearly also be encountered regardless of the country of destination. The same basic documentation of finger prints, a birth certificate and current identification will always be required. Fees are frequently subject to increases so such information provided in web sites is rarely current. Enquiries must be made of the appropriate authorities at the time of application for police clearance or any other certificates.

The links provided at the "Resources" tab of this page and in the book "How to Retire in Malaysia" by Les Johns cover this matter fully. The book can be purchased directly from this site.