|Yesterday's tweet on today's woes
Puchong, 10 Aug 2016: Yesterday I wrote on Twitter about a friend's predicament trying to renew his daughter's passport. He had gone to the Immigration Department at Jalan Duta on Monday subuh-subuh lagi (the call for Subuh prayer is around 5.50am). The line was already 500-people long and by 9 am my friend and his daughter were told there were no more passport to issue. Daily quota. Shortage problem. Sabotage. Come back again tomorrow, have a nice day!
One fellow sufferer suggested that my friend get to Jalan Duta even earlier!
So my friend and his girl made sure they woke up before the muezzin did yesterday so that they would get in front of the Immigration door well before Subuh. There were beaten by hundreds of people! "It's crazy. People started queuing at 3am. Some have been queuing for 3-4 consecutive days!"
Today, Daphne Iking the celebrity joined the growing list of sufferers.
Crazy! The line is ridiculously long!! And it's only 744am! pic.twitter.com/TXAloHBrXn— D A P H N E (@DaphCLPT) August 9, 2016
For those who have witnessed the Immigration Department transform from one of the worst departments during the 1990s to one that was super efficient (until very recently), the new passport "glitch" is unreasonable, unacceptable.
Dear Home Minister, surely some more heads must roll!?
p.s. On the bright side, those of you lining up for your passports tomorrow may have a chance to bump into Daphne! All the best.