Malaysia launches new Diplomatic Identity Card

16:19, October 15, 2009      

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Malaysian Foreign Ministry launched new Diplomatic Identity Card here on Thursday for members of foreign Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations based in Malaysia.

According to a press release released by the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, the new card is an extension of the I-Kad system currently used by the Department of Immigration of Malaysia which has adequate security features and is embedded with micro-chips which contain the personal data of the card holder.

As a signatory to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the Ministry is obligated to extend privileges and immunities to foreign missions and diplomats based in Malaysia, said Lee Chee Leong, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the launching ceremony held here on Thursday in Putrajaya, the administrative center of Malaysia.

The new card is testimony to the Ministry's efforts in improving its service delivery, he said.

Dozens of representatives from the diplomatic missions, international organizations and foreign missions participated in the ceremony.

Malaysia to date hosts a total of 97 foreign diplomatic missions and 18 international organizations.

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